"Spring Ridge - Upper Picnic Block" Santa Cruz Mountains
Northern Santa Cruz Mountains “Estate” Vineyard 10 miles from the Pacific. (Chardonnays are VARNER label)
Brothers Jim and Bob Varner make some of California’s best Burgundy varietals. Their Pinots are balanced, rich, distinctive & GREAT VALUES.
UPPER PICNIC BLOCK: Typically is the most perfumed, floral and "Burgundian" of the Neely Pinots. The flavors are classic coastal Pinot: deep wild red cherry, red rose, dried orange peel, black tea. That said, it's the TEXTURE that differentiates Upper picnic. Has a silkiness and subtlety. Take a breath, be calm, and pay attention to this wine for a while and it will speak back. This is why Upper Picnic is Jim Varner's favorite year to year. 338 cases made.
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