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Varner Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains Spring Ridge Vineyard Amphitheater Block 2009

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Not yet reviewed; 2008 vintage rated 93 points by Robert Parker: ...serious notes of lemon butter, white peaches, crushed rocks, flowers, brioche, and pineapple. There is terrific fruit on the attack and mid-palate, wonderful underlying acidity buttressing its full body, an impressive texture, and a long finish....

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Varner:
Bob Varner and Jim Varner are happy to announce the release of the of the Varner 2007 Chardonnay selections. We thank you for your continued support!

External Reviews for Varner Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains Spring Ridge Vineyard Amphitheater Block

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

The 2008 Chardonnay Amphitheater Block reveals serious notes of lemon butter, white peaches, crushed rocks, flowers, brioche, and pineapple. There is terrific fruit on the attack and mid-palate, wonderful underlying acidity buttressing its full body, an impressive texture, and a long finish. Remarkably, these are not grafted vines, but are directly planted, so it is amazing Varner has not had any problems with phylloxera, which usually destroys ungrafted vineyards. This cuvee should drink well for 5-8+ years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

The Burgundian styled cuvees of Chardonnay, which are all barrel-fermented with about 40% or so of new oak and virtually all made from old Wente clones of Chardonnay, include the Batard-Montrachet-like 2005 Chardonnay Ampitheater Block. A big honeysuckle nose intermixed with poached pears, lemon butter and some subtle wood is followed by a wine of terrific intensity, beautiful texture, full body, and terrific underlying acidity and minerality. This is a beauty to drink over the next 4-6 years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

The 2006 Chardonnay Amphitheater Block comes from 27-year-old vines aged in about one-third new French oak. It is a gorgeous wine, with poached pear, caramelized peach and apricot notes, and background minerality. It is fresh, full-bodied, powerful, yet at the same time, elegant and long. This wine should drink well for another 5-6 years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

The beautiful, light gold-colored 2004 Chardonnay Amphitheater Block Spring Ridge Vineyard offers scent of lemon oil, orange blossom, white currant, white peach, and earth. With superb acidity, rich fruit, a good texture, and full body, it should drink well for 4-5 years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

The 2007 Chardonnay Amphitheater reveals tremendous minerality as well as abundant buttery lemon oil notes, a crisp, steely component, medium to full body, excellent texture, and lots of acidity. It is completely different from Chardonnays made further north. This Santa Cruz Mountain operation is an outstanding, still under-the-radar source of terrific Chardonnay. This area has never had problems with phylloxera, so these are all from the directly rooted (no vines grafted on root stock) Spring Ridge Vineyard.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The beautiful, light gold-colored 2004 Chardonnay Amphitheater Block Spring Ridge Vineyard offers scent of lemon oil, orange blossom, white currant, white peach, and earth. With superb acidity, rich fruit, a good texture, and full body, it should drink well for 4ndash;5 years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

The 2009 Chardonnay Amphitheater Block emerges from the glass with layers of fruit. It shows gorgeous up-front richness, then finds its center of minerality on the mid-palate. It is a large-scaled, beautifully balanced wine loaded with personality. Smoke, minerals and citrus linger on the multi-dimensional, saline finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.


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Not yet reviewed; 2008 vintage rated 93 points by Robert Parker: ...serious notes of lemon butter, white peaches, crushed rocks, flowers, brioche, and pineapple. There is terrific fruit on the attack and mid-palate, wonderful underlying acidity buttressing its full body, an impressive texture, and a long finish....

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