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2010 Neely Chardonnay Holly's Cuvee Santa Cruz Mountains (750ml)
Producer: Varner Wine varnerwine.com
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains - California - United States (AVA)
Type: white
Varietal: Chardonnay
Maturity: Hold/Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: n/a
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rated (2011 vintage, 750ml bottle) : November 13, 2013 , Antonio Galloni (WS)
95 points "95 points Antonio Galloni The 2011 Chardonnay Bee Block has the structure and power of the Home, but shows a restraint in its fruit that is closer to the Amphitheater. In 2011, the Bee convinces for its overall balance, precision and sheer pedigree. This is another wine that will require 6-12 months in bottle, if not a little more than that. A recent bottle of the 2010 was stellar, and more than lived up to my praise from last year. All the best elements of the Varner house style come together here. (7/ 2013) K&L Notes At K&L, we are always HUGE fans of the Varner brothers' wines. These are carefully crafted, terroir-driven Chardonnays that drink well on release and also age very well. This bottling hails from the Bee Block at the Varners' Spring Ridge Vineyard, which features 24-year-old vines planted to a northeast-facing slope. The vines are dry-farmed and worked by hand with no insecticides. The wine is fermented on indigenous yeast and aged in 25% new, French (Bertranges & Troncais) oak. The cool 2011 vintage ripened grapes in a long growing season with low sugars, but fully ripe and developed flavors. This 2011 bottling has not yet been professionally reviewed, but the 2010 vintage garnered 95 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. Antonio Galloni wrote for Wine Advocate in August of 2011 on Varner's Chardonnays: "They are fairly large-scaled wines that at the same time retain considerable minerality and structure in a style that is distinctive of the Santa Cruz Mountains, but that stands apart from the lusher, oakier style of wine many people associate as typical of California Chardonnay... Readers should do whatever they can to taste these majestic Chardonnays." "
rated (2012 vintage, 750ml bottle) : July 9, 2014 , The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
93 points " The 2012 Chardonnay Holly's Cuvee is beautifully lifted in the glass. Lemon, white flowers, pastry and smoke are some of the notes that inform this silky, gracious impeccable Chardonnay. Interestingly, the Holly's is made from a blend of three Chardonnays Bob and Jim Varner bottle under their own label, yet it is lighter in body and more floral than any of those wines. Today, the Holly's Cuvee is a bit tightly wound and inward, but its potential is both evident and significant. Hints of sage, rosemary and mint wrap around the supple, gracious finish." Best 2015-2022
rated (2005 vintage, 750ml bottle) : July 1, 2008 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
92 points "The 2005 Holly’s Cuvee Neely is a selection of the proprietors’ favorite blocks of the vineyard. In this case, the wine represents 74% production from the Bee Vineyard, 12% from the Ampitheater, and 14% from the Home Vineyard. It boasts the most minerality of any of the wines. It seems more restrained and lighter, but in the mouth it is a big wine, just more backward and austere. It is a gorgeous, steely style of Chardonnay that should drink nicely for up to a decade. " Best 2007-2017