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2012 Varner Chardonnay Bee Block Santa Cruz Mountains (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Varner Wine varnerwine.com   details
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains - California - United States (AVA)
Type: white
Varietal: Chardonnay
Maturity: Hold/Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$44.00
 
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Tasting Notes:
rated: July 9, 2014 , The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
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
rated: November 14, 2014 , WA
96 points "An incredible effort, Varner's 2012 Chardonnay Bee Block Spring Ridge Vineyard (464 cases) comes all from 25-year-old Chardonnay vines that are planted on a northeast-facing slope that lies at an elevation of 670-735 feet. Aged in 25% new French oak, it offers stunning notes of white flowers, white peach, honeysuckle and crushed rock (there's serious minerality here) that slowly build in the glass, showing more more brioche and hints of nuttiness with air. Full-bodied, seamless and layered, with crisp underlying acidity and fabulous purity, this classic Chardonnay can be consumed anytime over the coming 5-7 years, if not longer." Best 2014-2021
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