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

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California, Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains, USA, White Wine


I just re-read my tasting note from August and I am not sure what’s happened to this wine. Still a superb Chardonnay in my book, but it’s changed character in the last few months it seems. I still detect that nuttiness I have reported before, but it’s not fat at all, in fact, I find this refreshing, clean and lean. Much more of a Chablis style than Puligny if I were to try to equate this to Burgundy terms. Finishes strong and extremely long. Still my favorite bottling from the Varner brothers.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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