Varner Wines Spring Ridge Vineyard Hidden Block Pinot Noir 2014 Red Wine

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Varner Wines, Spring Ridge Vineyard - Hidden Block Pinot Noir 2014

Santa Cruz Mountains, CA

93 pts. Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "The 2014 Pinot Noir Hidden Block is the most immediate and dense of the four Pinots in the Varner range. A core of sweet red cherry and plum fruit fills out the wine's mid-weight frame effortlessly. Round, pliant and totally seductive, the 2014 has a lot to offer, including tons of near and medium-term appeal."

91 pts. Wine Advocate: "Bursting from the glass with notes of smoky cassis, elderberry, pomegranate and nori, the 2014 Pinot Noir Hidden Block Spring Ridge Vineyard cuts a broad, lavish swath across the palate, revealing velvety tannins, an ample core of ripe, dark fruits and a long, generous finish. It's among the fleshier and more generous of these four Pinot Noirs, and it's already drinking well." (WK)    (5/2018)

THE VINEYARD:

Ten miles from the Pacific Ocean, northern Santa Cruz Mountains appellation
Dry-farmed, non-fertilized, hand-hoed, no insecticides, native cover crop
Grown on porous, young (1-3 million years old) fractured sedimentary rock
2-3% whole clusters, 5 day cool soak, hand punchdown, indigenous yeast
Pressed at dryness, 2 months elevage in stainless steel, then 8 months in barrels without racking
Hand-racked using an esquive and hand-cranked barrel tilting device, unfined & unfiltered

THE VINTAGE:

The drought continued in 2014 which for us lead to a unique year with smaller canopies,lower yields and wines that have taken their time to evolve. They’ve been on a steady and continuous incline in the bottle. This vintage should have a long cellar life, not from structure like the 2012’s but from density of fruit. The cumulative effect of the 3 years of drought concentrated fruit in a positive way, a satisfying end to our time at Spring Ridge.

2014 Hidden Block:

3 acres northeast-facing slope
730 to 690 ft. elevation
17 year old vines
5C rootstock
Sedimentary rock near surface
Dijon 115 clone
All french oak, thirty percent new, features Allier & Nevers forests
370 cases produced

 

 

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