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Community Tasting Notes (4) Avg Score: 92 points

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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).

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/Feburary 2005, IWC Issue #118, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Amphitheater Block Santa Cruz Mountains) Subscribe to see review text.

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