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.
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.
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.
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.