2005 Varner Chardonnay Spring Ridge Vineyard Bee Block (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)

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California, Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains, USA

Pale yellow , clear color. Lemon peel nose with crushed rock, white flowers and maybe a hint of toasted nuts. Fresh on the palate with loads of lemon curd and minerality. Finish is long and has lemon meringue pie. Love this wine and it’s very atypical for California Chardonnay. Highly recommended.

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