White

2011 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Bee Block

Chardonnay

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 34

  • Mattshank wrote: 92 points

    April 14, 2019 - Nose: Somewhat muted aromas of faint lemon. Palate: Quite mature with all acidity integrated with the fruit yet the latter is still present. Soft lemon qualities and still the subtle petrol like minerality of the previous bottles (last notes on 3/27/17). Drinking very well this wine is now at it's apex (or slightly past peak depending on one's definition). Drink up now if you have any. Still 92+ points.

  • AllRed wrote: 94 points

    August 26, 2017 - Cellar diminishment party - brief note. Courtesy of tlv. Were it not for the Ridge Monte Bello, this would have been the Chardonnay of the night. Wonderful rich fruit with a lengthy finish.

  • whitmanlholt Likes this wine: 90 points

    April 29, 2017 - Popped and poured. This is a light gold wine with a nose of honeycomb and spring flowers. In the mouth, this has good acid and structure, all leaving a finish marked by a bit of wax or lanolin. Overall, this is a focused and very reasonable Chard (avoiding all of the things that too often get the varietal off track). It's a refreshing wine that exceeds the price tag. 90 points.

  • Mattshank wrote: 92 points

    March 27, 2017 - Last notes on 4/15/15. Still the same petrol like qualities on the nose. With 2 years sideways the acids have folded in nicely but are still present. Good balance of minerality, pineapple, and lengthy finish. 92+ points.

  • aaronfeigin Likes this wine:

    March 19, 2017 - Lots of honeysuckle with tropical fruits like mango and pineapple. Very nice minerality and superb balance. Very enjoyable. I think this Chardonnay that straddles the line between old world and new world style should last several more years.

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  • By William Kelley
    WK Tasting notes, 6/30/2016 (link)

    (Varner, Spring Ridge Vineyard Bee Block Chardonnay, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, USA, White) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Santa Cruz Mountains: California’s Best Kept Secret (Jul 2013) (link)

    (Varner Chardonnay Bee Block Santa Cruz Mountains) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    3/30/2012 (link) 92 points

    (Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Bee Block) Barrel sample - light yellow color; focused, tart apple, earthy, malolactic fermentation nose; lean, tart lemon, very mineral, lime palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 92-93+ points (13.1% alcohol)

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2011
  • Type White
  • Producer Varner
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Spring Ridge Vineyard Bee Block
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion San Francisco Bay
  • Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 125 (32%)
  • Consumed 262 (68%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

French cheese w/ truffle, sauted mushrooms, tuna

Who Likes This Wine

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