Fresh Off the Truck: 2015 Varner Los Alamos Santa Barbara Pinot Noir

Thursday, December 2, 2021

I cracked another bottle from a recent Wine Access shipment. Let's get right into it..

The write-up:
Vinous founder Antonio Galloni to say their “deep, resonant Pinots remain some of the most compelling wines being made in California.”

Wine Advocate called Varner “one of the stars of the Central Coast,” and this is exactly why.
My thoughts:
2015 Varner Los Alamos Vineyard Pinot Noir
13.5% Alcohol
$19/btl before discounts

30% opaque visually, light-medium bodied on the palate.

Fruit on the nose is muted by "rubbery" off notes. Satisfying enough on entry, and on the palate, and while there is some mildly appealing aspects here the wine is haunted by a dour, tired aftertaste.

Disappointing given the prose.

79/100 WWP: Mediocre

They can't all be zingers...


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