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2011 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Bee Block

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2/6/2016 - lvjohn Likes this wine: 91 points

Very nice. A bit on the subtle, diminutive side for a California chard.

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2008 Varner Pinot Noir Three Blocks Spring Ridge Vineyard

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1/28/2016 - whits Likes this wine: 92 points

while the wine has not gained a whole lot of complexity over the years it has gained a soft touch of grace and roundness, forest, plum and blueberry on the nose, the spherical palate rolls a wave of red and blue fruit, cherry pit and exotic spice over the palate, great acid support, really smooth, really delicious, this soars in 2016

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2006 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Amphitheater Block

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1/25/2016 - bklynwine wrote: NR

More tropical, brûléed pineapple than green apple/lemon; vanilla bean; texture is nice balance between lemon curd and sharp acidity; plenty of life left in this wine

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2011 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Bee Block

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1/23/2016 - lvjohn Likes this wine: 89 points

Might just be a bad bottle, but the excitement of the previous bottles seems missing. This is still very good wine, but it's just not as full and present in the mouth. It seems more like an entry level white Burgundy.

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2013 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Home Block

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1/19/2016 - NickBurwood Likes this wine: 91 points

No time to settle in my cellar but eager to try (arrived this morning).
Just hitting a 2-3 year plateau of excellence. Exotic viscous fruit flavours; peach/melon with hints of minerality and citrus zest.
91 in this "unrested" condition - am confident will make 92?+ next time.

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Red

2012 Varner Pinot Noir Three Blocks Spring Ridge Vineyard

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1/14/2016 - Slaz Likes this wine: 93 points

Pleasantly surprised by this one. Still young but very much accessible with some decanting. Juicy and layered, with ripe pomegranate notes on the palate. Good minerality streak. Delightful, worth buying more.

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2008 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Bee Block

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1/10/2016 - woof Likes this wine: 94 points

Very nice Chardonnay; can't get much better

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2009 Varner Pinot Noir Three Blocks Spring Ridge Vineyard

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12/25/2015 - DJPremierCru Likes this wine: 90 points

Definitely not as good as first bottle. It was not decanted. It seemed flabby without the life/verve of the efforts bottle. Meaty and baked spice nose, not too dissimilar to a Syrah. Good, but i wouldn't buy it again.

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2008 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Home Block

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12/20/2015 - thelostverse wrote: 94 points

Opened at Merriman's in Kapalua for dinner. Sadly the last bottle. Lemon oil and citrus and a long finish. Wish I had more.

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2013 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Bee Block

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12/25/2015 - Backdoctor wrote: 92 points

Still very young but still an awesome wine

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2012 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Amphitheater Block

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12/21/2015 - rosenst1 wrote: 93 points

PnP. Lovely depth, ripe, but balanced.

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2013 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Amphitheater Block

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12/15/2015 - brianofthevine wrote: 91 points

Green apple, lemon, peach , and nectarine. Very rich with a big presence of oak, not what I'm normally used to with Varner wines, certainly more than the Home or Bee Block for this vintage. Still crisp some mineral notes and nice finish.

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2013 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Home Block

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12/4/2015 - Kirk Grant wrote: NR

Color: Golden yellow
Smell: Pears, apples, and citrus
Taste: Yellow apples, lime, quince, and tropical fruits.
Overall: This is quite complex. Medium body, high acidity, medium+ fruit, and a long finish. Outstanding!!

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2011 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Bee Block

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11/26/2015 - Chainthroer wrote: 93 points

Took to friends house to celebrate Thanksgiving. Ditto my comments of 9/10/2015.

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2013 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Home Block

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11/26/2015 - msieurledocq Likes this wine: 93 points

Thanksgiving, so no formal notes. Best of the three 2013 Varners I've had. Nice spicy finish. Went insanely, knee-bucklingly well with dinner.

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2011 Varner Pinot Noir Three Blocks Spring Ridge Vineyard

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11/26/2015 - Birddog29 wrote: 88 points

Very easily opened. A smooth drinker. And while a typical Pinot I found this one me to lack depth and character. Nothing wrong with this wine just somewhat uneventful.

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2012 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Home Block

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11/23/2015 - Chainthroer wrote: 93 points

Aromas of peach, baked pear, creme brulee and minerals. Similar flavors. As the wine warms, a slight toasty oak odor comes into fruition. Not real big, but has rich and intense fruit. Has viscosity in its texture. Very nice structure and balance. A smooth, velvety and viscous finish. The wine is great to consume just by itself, but paired nicely with grilled pork chops.

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2013 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Home Block

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11/22/2015 - brianofthevine wrote: 92 points

Lemon and lime citrus, subtle oak, with some mineral notes to it. Nice acidity with beautiful long finish.

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2011 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Bee Block

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11/8/2015 - lvjohn Likes this wine: 93 points

Very nice wine with excellent varietal character. Very pure with a bit of oakiness. Overall, this is a winner!

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2013 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Bee Block

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11/3/2015 - brianofthevine wrote: 93 points

Rich lemon, pear, and green apple fruit with hints of honey throughout. Nice minerality to it, beautiful long finish. This reminds me of why I like these wines so much.

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2009 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Bee Block

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10/30/2015 - wine strategies Likes this wine: NR

In a really great spot right now, dripping with honeysuckle, pears, ripe apple and a firm mineral spine. Medium-bodied, racy at times, this shows best on the warmer end of the spectrum. In no threat of decline at the moment, this is firmly in its sweet spot now and for the next few years. Double decanted for 30 minutes, immediately re-corked and served non-blind 3 hours later. highly recommended

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2013 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Home Block

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10/30/2015 - pdemaio wrote: 93 points

Sharp and focused. Great acid and backbone. SO2 had to blow off. PDQ94

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2013 Varner Chardonnay El Camino Vineyard

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10/29/2015 - Hypnos1 Likes this wine: 91 points

Light citrus and tropical fruit notes with restrained oak. Easy drinking. Would purchase again.

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2013 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Amphitheater Block

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10/17/2015 - Drdan8 wrote: 89 points

This is a quality CA Chardonnay but proved to be a slight letdown from the Bee Block and Neely Hollys cuvée. Both of those wines exhibited a great balance of ripe orchard fruit, ginger, honeysuckle, and acidity. The Amphitheater just felt a little lacking compared to those wines.

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2010 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Home Block

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10/16/2015 - walkerjfw wrote: 91 points

At home with Valerie. PnP, drank over 3 hours.

Consistent with prior notes:"French in style Medium/light gold color - great clarity. Citrus, lemon, oak, marzipan on the nose. Palate repeats with vanilla, apples, pear..."

Still holding strong acidity, reasonably balanced but has not mellowed much (from memory). Would drink over next 2-3 years.

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