90 Pts Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"My favorite is the Varner 2008 Pinot Noir Three Blocks Spring Ridge Vineyard. A limited production offering made from newer Dijon clones, it exhibits copious amounts of blue and red fruits intermixed with floral, earthy notes. It is a sneaky style of Pinot Noir that builds on elegance and refinement the more one inspects it. An outstanding, mid-weight, Burgundian-styled Pinot, it should be enjoyed over the next 5-7 years." 90 points Robert Parker
"A blend of all three blocks, 39% Hidden Block, 31% Picnic Block, and 30% Upper Picnic. Each block component is composed of a proportional blend of all barrels 2-3% whole clusters, 5 day cool soak, hand punchdown
Indigenous yeast, pressed at dryness, 12 months in barrel without racking. Hand-racked using an esquive and hand-cranked barrel tilting device, unfined & unfiltered." -Winery
"In 1980, twin brothers Jim and Bob Varner began their labor of love when they planted Spring Ridge Vineyards in Portola Valley in the northern part of the Santa Cruz Mountain Appellation. Located 10 miles from the ocean, Spring Ridge is made up of several separate blocks of vines, each with its own microclimate and soil difference. The vineyard has been dry farmed and hand-hoed since 1988. Insecticides have never been used, nor fertilizers. The grapes are hand-harvested only in the morning into small lug boxes to allow natural cooling of the juice."
"Bob works in the rows during each harvest, insuring that sorting is done at the vine rather than at the winery. The wine is treated as naturally as possible, using indigenous yeast and malolactic bacteria from the vineyard. Rather than fining and filtering, the barrels are hand-racked, using a fontaine d'aspiration and a hand-cranked barrel lifting device. With this method, the lees are not disturbed and the wine is clarified without filtration." -Distributor