Varner Picnic Block Pinot Noir 2014
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The 2014 Pinot Noir Picnic Block isn't as high-toned as the Upper Picnic Block bottling, offering up deeper-pitched aromas of smoky black fruits, rich soil and pencil shavings that show a touch more oak influence too. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, rich and ample, with a succulent core of dark fruit, melting tannins and a generous, lavish attack. It's a lovely Pinot Noir, cut from quite gourmand cloth this year, but it's not quite on the level of the Upper Picnic Block, so I can well understand why the Varner brothers chose to separate them.
Score: 92, William Kelley, May 2018
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