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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 7 
ProducerVarner (web)
VineyardSpring Ridge Vineyard Amphitheater Block
SubRegionSan Francisco Bay
AppellationSanta Cruz Mountains

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2016 (based on 2 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Amphitheater Block on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.8 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 11 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by affordableCollector on 9/5/2013 flawed bottle: light orange, golden, in color. slightly oxidized, brown sugar, on the nose. medium acid on the finish. (860 views)
 Tasted by mateo-san on 5/11/2013 & rated 94 points: It seems that all the elements are nicely integrated now.
This is an excellent wine with the price ($40?). I could see same quality that I can find in very expensive white from Burgundies. My hat's off to Varner. (961 views)
 Tasted by artist777 on 9/1/2012 & rated 92 points: Very nice Chard. Popped and poured and consumed over about a two hour period with dinner. Great fruit with apple, pear and some pineapple. There was a nice lingering finish with citrus notes and just the right amount of acid. Great white. (1387 views)
 Tasted by blove on 6/1/2012 & rated 92 points: Lemons, tart, acidic, and long lingering finish. Excellent wine. (1481 views)
 Tasted by stevenjstein on 10/22/2011 & rated 90 points: Nicely balanced, with a touch of oak and nutty, bready, notes predominating over citrus notes. Didn't seem quite as interesting and complex as some other Varner Chards I've tried though. (1777 views)
 Tasted by silton on 6/26/2011 & rated 92 points: Another great Varner Chard. There is some youthful oak showing despite the limited regimen, but mostly a full, open nose of lemon, graham cracker, and vanilla bean followed by an unfolding array of light tropics, stones, tangerine, and lime; starts out feeling blurry but really nails the ending. Drink now (with limited aeration) through 2014. (1378 views)
 Tasted by Wamrod on 2/20/2011 & rated 90 points: Not as buttery as other Cali chards, and nicely drinkable. Better nose than others too. (1436 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/2/2011 & rated 93 points: Beautiful. Earth, minerals, lush in mouth. Very young. (1262 views)
 Tasted by steffenpelz on 12/16/2010: This just recently arrived at my doorstep and it was exactly what the doctor ordered. Very chablis-like CA Chardonnay. Minerals, citrus, and fresh spring water come to mind. But this doesn't lack length either. Pretty finish and in my opinion one of the best renditions of CA Chardonnay. Highly recommended. (1409 views)

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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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