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2014 Varner Chardonnay Bee Block Santa Cruz Mountains (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Varner Wine   details
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains - California - United States (AVA)
Type: white
Varietal: Chardonnay
Maturity: Hold/Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: US$48.00
Alcohol %: 14.2
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rated (2013 vintage, 750ml bottle) : July 15, 2015 , Antonio Galloni (WS)
96 points "96 points Antonio Galloni - The 2013 Chardonnay Bee Block is the creamiest and most expansive of the three Varner Chardonnays. Pastry, lemon oil, honey, wild flowers and mint are some of the many aromas and flavors that develop in the glass. While the Amphitheater Block and Home Block could use another year or two in bottle, the Bee Block is already quite open and expressive. There is so much to like here. Bob and Jim Varner have turned out another magnificent set of wines at Varner and Neely. Vintage 2013 appears to have favored the Chardonnays - which are truly superb - over the Pinots. The Varners describe 2013 as a year with vine stress because of the drought, but add that there were no heat spikes or other weather shocks. As always, the Varner Chardonnays are built on breadth, power and a sense of phenolic intensity that is one of the signatures of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Chardonnays see only about eight months in barrel and are bottled in July, but then not released for almost another year. (7/2015)" Best 2016-2020
rated (2012 vintage, 750ml bottle) : July 9, 2014 , The Wine Advocate
95 points "Texture takes center stage in the 2012 Chardonnay Bee Block. Lemon oil, white flowers, slate and mint are some of the many notes that blossom in the glass, but it is the wine's silkiness, length and exceptional overall balance that truly elevate the Bee Block to rarified heights among California's most important Chardonnays. The Bee Block is always the most lifted, floral and citrus-driven Chardonnay in the Varner range." Best 2015-2022
tasted (2010 vintage, 750ml bottle) : August 7, 2015 , Michael Haley
91 points "Very Good, not great"
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