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2008 Varner Three Blocks Spring Ridge Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $37. · Moderately deep red color in the glass. Aromas of forest floor, berry jam, and oak vanillin. Darker fruits are featured including blackberries and black currants. Earthy and brooding with fairly firm tannins and the slightest oak in the background. Silky textured with a very respectable fruit presence on the finish that should benefit from further bottle aging. Try not to pop the cork for a year or two. Very good. Reviewed November 2, 2011

Winery: Varner
From article: Along the Pinot Trail in California