The idea behind Varner is an ancient one, be as simple as possible. Bob and Jim Varner own several vineyard plots along the slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Jim is in charge of tending to the vines and Bob is in charge of the winemaking. They obsess over quality, including a double sorting of grapes. In the cellar the wine is fermented in about 40 percent new French barrels. Bob stirs the lees anywhere from weekly to monthly to add texture. Nothing is added, nothing is taken away. Once the wine is in the barrel, no one touches it except for Bob. When Bob determines it’s time for bottling (about 8 months in the barrel), they use a custom built tool to gentle tip the barrels without churning the contents.

The Varners’ attention to detail is evident in the wines they produced. They are bright, focused and clean with brilliant textures and flavors. Their wines are quite pure and are garnering quite an amount of deserved praise. The review below is from The Wine Advocate. We can expect the Varners to soon attain a cult-like following. Look out Kistler.

Varner Chardonnay Bee Block 2012 - $55 the bottle (10% case discount)
464 cases produced
96 Points Robert Parker

"An incredible effort, Varner's 2012 Chardonnay Bee Block Spring Ridge Vineyard comes all from 25-year-old Chardonnay vines that are planted on a northeast-facing slope that lies at an elevation of 670-735 feet. Aged in 25% new French oak, it offers stunning notes of white flowers, white peach, honeysuckle and crushed rock (there's serious minerality here) that slowly build in the glass, showing more brioche and hints of nuttiness with air. Full-bodied, seamless and layered, with crisp underlying acidity and fabulous purity, this classic Chardonnay can be consumed anytime over the coming 5-7 years, if not longer."

Available now. Email Peter Troilo to place your order or call (203) 655 - 9045