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 Vintage2001 Label 1 of 10 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2002 vintage.)
TypeWhite
ProducerVarner (web)
VarietyChardonnay
Designationn/a
VineyardSpring Ridge Vineyard Bee Block
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionSan Francisco Bay
AppellationSanta Cruz Mountains

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Drinking window: Drink between 2005 and 2007 (based on 1 user opinion)

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Community Tasting Notes (average 89.5 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 2 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by silton on 2/26/2006 & rated 88 points: I've drunk several of these over the years and the most recent was the least impressive. Nice combination of sweet and soft tones with a touch of lemon; balanced acid, good length, nothing to complain about and it went very well with roast chicken with root vegtables. Less vanilla is probably a good thing, but I was expecting something less subtle than this in the other flavor dimensions as well. (1825 views)
 Tasted by TashNYC on 2/14/2006 & rated 91 points: Happy Valentine's Day! Jen & I enjoyed this wine @ BluePoint Grill, Princeton, NJ. The wine had lovely notes of orange citrus, butterscotch and caramel, with no tannins on the finish. It was best w/ lobster, and w. grilled fish (e.g., tilapia, snapper) and didn't pair well w/ shrimp nor w/ a butter sauce. (the latter which would be a traditional Calif. Chardonnay pairing). A great wine: it made Jen like California Chardonnay! (2112 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, January/Feburary 2005, IWC Issue #118
(Varner Chardonnay Bee Block Spring Ridge Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains) Subscribe to see review text.
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California

California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

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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