Varner El Camino Vineyard Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2015

Original Price $29.00
Current Price $23.97

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93pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate
The Varner brothers have garnered quite a following since they started making wine, and this Varner El Camino Vineyard Santa Barbara County Chardonnay is another reason why. It's ready to drink, and priced just right. Pour your first perfectly chilled glasses to go with Mom's baked Chex mix. Tell the truth, you loved it as a kid. The toasty notes are delicious opposite the fully loaded personality of this California Cab. For a decadent next course, wow the crowd with lobster mac 'n cheese. The richness of the dish works beautifully against the perky acidity of the wine. A crisp-roasted chicken stuffed with lemon quarters and garlic cloves is another great choice, as is classic Louisiana shrimp and grits. What are you hungry for?

Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate:  "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. Drink 2018-2024.

The Santa Cruz Mountains' loss has been Santa Barbara's gain. Though Jim and Bob Varner no longer work with the grapes from the Spring Ridge vineyard that they planted and nurtured for two decades, their enthusiasm for wine and life is undiminished and they clearly relish the fresh challenges posed by viticulture and winemaking further south. Even better, their skill and attention to detail are more accessible than ever, as the Varner wines from Santa Barbara are incredibly keenly priced." Apr 2018

Winery:  "Notes of tropical fruit framed and lifted by bright acidity that carries into citrus and apple flavors. A tightly coiled Chardonnay that is reflective of the Varner style and a tremendous value!"

Bottle          
750ml, cork                          
Varietal   100% Chardonnay
Alcohol                                     
14.1%
Total Acidity
0.62g/L
pH 3.58
Residual Sugar .03gL
Aging 6 months 26% in Francois Freres puncheons, 74% aged in stainless steel on fermentation lees 
Region              Santa Barbara, California
Original Price $29.00
Current Price $23.97

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