Neely is a great boutique Pinot Noir from Varner in California's Santa Cruz Mountains. 93 Points Robert Parker: "Although it is the most overtly fruit-driven and pliant of the Pinots, the 2009 Pinot Noir Upper Picnic has plenty of underlying structure. Juicy red berries, and sweet spices wrap around the palate. The Upper Picnic is all about balance and harmony. There is no shortage of that here. The Upper Picnic remains classic and on the sturdy side. A little bottle age will only help. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020...Brothers Bob and Jim Varner craft the Neely wines from the same Santa Cruz Mountains vineyards that inform their own Varner label."
Fairly ripe, but ripped with zing not present in many Cali #pinotnoir
Fairly ripe, but ripped with zing not present in many Cali #pinotnoir8.9
Amazing! Holding up like grand cru!
Amazing! Holding up like grand cru!9.3
What it didn't show in the nose was made up in the body and finish.
What it didn't show in the nose was made up in the body and finish.9.0
An excellent Pinot!
An excellent Pinot!9.2