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 Vintage2002 Label 1 of 3 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2008 vintage.)
TypeWhite
ProducerVarner (web)
VarietyChardonnay
Designationn/a
VineyardSpring Ridge Vineyard Amphitheater Block
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionSan Francisco Bay
AppellationSanta Cruz Mountains

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2014 (based on 1 user opinion)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 4 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by cab on 11/28/2009: Quite nice. Has gained elegance. But definitely time to drink. Caramel apples, wafts of the tropics, and maybe a touch of cotton candy, kind of like a Vouvray. Lacking acidity, perhaps, but very smooth. Perhaps a touch too woody. (963 views)
 Tasted by cab on 9/20/2008: This wine is a guilty pleasure. I am certainly not much of a California Chardonnay drinker, and that is certainly what this is. You can taste a little too much wood for my taste, but there is a nice puckery freshness, and a real depth. I remember a few years ago there was a lot of tropical fruit, that is still there, but now it's poking through the slightly caramelly underbrush. Better acidic backbone than I would've said it had a few years ago, which is I think what really makes it turn the corner. Went very well with a moderately spicy pad Thai, and was good after dinner too. (976 views)
 Tasted by cab on 5/18/2008: Ann really liked this, so I picked up a few more bottles on close-out, and she still really liked. I thinks its good, but not great. Smoth and creamy, and a little bit of tropical fruit balanced with decent acidity. Very nice golden color. A tad too much wood on the finish mars it for me. But on the whole, for around $20 on close-out, good deal. (1071 views)
 Tasted by PaulH on 8/16/2006 & rated 92 points: Pale straw gold color with medium body, smooth malo character and moderate finish. Restrained and elegant style (fruit-backward) with excellent balance. (tasted blind and mistaken for a White Burg). (1921 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, January/Feburary 2005, IWC Issue #118
(Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Amphitheater Block Santa Cruz Mountains) Subscribe to see review text.
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California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

Santa Cruz Mountains

Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association | Wikipedia

Once referred to by wine writers as the Chaine d'Or -- or "golden chain" -- the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA sits above Silicon Valley, running along the craggy range next to the Pacific on some of the prettiest parts of Northern California. The area supports more than 75 wineries, despite being limited by geography and high land prices.

In 1981 the Santa Cruz Mountains Viticultural Appellation became federally recognized, one of the first American viticultural areas to be defined by geophysical and climatic factors. The appellation encompasses the Santa Cruz Mountain range, from Half Moon Bay in the north, to Mount Madonna in the south. The east and west boundaries are defined by elevation, extending down to 800 feet in the east and 400 feet in the west.

 
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