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2016 Varner "El Camino Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Chardonnay (Previously $25) SKU #1519649

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VN 92 JD 91 RP 90
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  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    In my opinion, this is undoubtedly the finest Chardonnay value in our inventory, a single-vineyard wine made by one of the finest winemakers in the state. It's more than worthy of its original $25 price tag but offered here for 40% off! The Varners are famed for their Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays but have more recently shifted their focus to vineyards in the cool, windswept, coastal areas of Santa Barbara County. El Camino Vineyard is in the Los Alamos sub-region, long known as an area that can produce stunning, Burgundian inspired wines with wonderful freshness and minerality. These vines grow in very sandy loam soils on a northwest-facing slope. Block 4, the source for this wine, is planted to Clone 4 (Wente). The wine is fermented with wild/native yeast in a combination of French oak puncheons and stainless-steel tanks. The wine only partially goes through malo, so it retains a wonderful vibrancy and drive complemented by the subtle, nutty oak tones and saline minerals. Somewhat Chablis-like with its crunchy Golden Delicious apple, quince, ripe citrus, chopped almond, and seashell minerality in the long finish. Such a delicious and complex bottle of Chardonnay for a ludicrously low price. Taste it quick then grab a case, or just take my word for it, this is wonderful Chardonnay at a price that belies its quality.
    Top Value!


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