2009 Varner Home Block Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 750ml
95 Points by Robert Parker. The 2009 Home Block 2 acres east-facing slope 840 to 805 ft. elevation 30 year old vines own roots sedimentary rock medium depth probably clone 4 all french oak, thirty percent new, features Nevers forest Pippin apples, more layered, tightly coiled.
ROBERT PARKER REVIEW: The 2009 Chardonnay Home Block is fabulous. It is rather inward and reticent, but the wine’s personality is impossible to miss. Ash, minerals, earthiness are some of the notes that add complexity to the intense fruit. This is another sweeping, totally elegant wine from Varner. I find the Home Block a little less mineral than the Amphitheater. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2019.