Varner 2015 Chardonnay, El Camino Vineyard, Santa Barbara
Item Number: 11149
Sub Region: Santa Barbara
Appellation/AVA: Santa Barbara County
Vineyard Designation: El Camino Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.1
Total Acidity: 0.62
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."