92 Points, Robert Parker 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.
93 Points, Vinous The 2014 Pinot Noir Hidden Block is the most immediate and dense of the four Pinots in the Varner range. A core of sweet red cherry and plum fruit fills out the wine's mid-weight frame effortlessly. Round, pliant and totally seductive, the 2014 has a lot to offer, including tons of near and medium-term appeal.
89 Points, Habersham Tasting Panel Winemaker's Notes: The wine has a bright, lifted nose with freshly picked black berry fruits seamlessly dovetailing with expressive violet notes. The palate is juicy but balanced. Ripe berry fruits are abundant, whilst gentle spice adds dimension. It's weighty with soft, gentle tannins and an enduring fruit charged finish.