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


My third and last bottle. Still a great wine that distinguishes itself by virtue of its great minerality and finesse. One observation I’ve recently made with the Varner Chardonnays is that I like them better if I open them a couple of days in advance and put them in the refrigerator. I find that if I simply pop and pour, the fruit and little oak this has play too prominent a role. A couple of days in the fridge make the wine jel better in my opinion.

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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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