Varner 2015 Chardonnay, El Camino Vineyard, Santa Barbara

Varner 2015 Chardonnay, El Camino Vineyard, Santa Barbara

Item Number: 11149

UPC: 0-613649027118

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Santa Barbara
Appellation/AVA: Santa Barbara County
Vineyard Designation: El Camino Vineyard
Vintage: 2015
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.1
Total Acidity: 0.62
pH: 3.58
Soil Type: Sandy loam
Elevation: 630 feet

Winemaking Notes: Grapes are destemmed. Fermentation occurs in stainless steel. 26% of the wine ages for 6 months in new Francois Freres puncheons. 74% of the wine ages in stainless steel sur lie. Malolactic fermentation does not occur.

Tasting Notes: It is an interpretation of Santa Barbara Chardonnay where the tropical flavors are framed by the phenolic structure of destemmed Chardonnay and new French oak aging. Bright acidity sends the tropical fruit flavors over to citrus and apples for a more tightly coiled Chardonnay in a modern style.

92pts (2014 Vintage) Vinous 7/2016
"Despite its very reasonable price, the 2014 Chardonnay El Camino Vineyard delivers serious intensity, richness and nuance. Broad, ample and phenolic, this exudes all the classic Varner signatures, structure being the most obvious of these. Yellow orchard fruit, mint, candied lemon, chamomile and lightly honeyed notes are front and center. This is one of the most singular Santa Barbara Chardonnays readers will come across. The style and palate weight is more than a little reminiscent of the wines the Varners made in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This is a very serious Chardonnay for $25."

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (4/27/2018)

    The 2015 Chardonnay El Camino Vineyard from the Varner brothers is lovely, wafting from the glass with an expressive bouquet of honeycomb, ripe peaches and fresh apricot. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, pure and textural—displaying a touch more mid-palate ripeness than the 2014 rendition—and concludes with a long, saline finish. This is a characterful Chardonnay that represents terrific value.
  • Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 88 (8/2/2017)

    The 2015 Chardonnay El Camino Vineyard from the Varner brothers is solid, with rich stone fruits, pineapple and toasty notes giving way to a medium-bodied, racy palate. This cuvée comes from a site in Santa Barbara County and saw 7 months in 25% new puncheons.