By: Bryan Brick
K&L Staff Member
If you receive our emails and/or newsletter and you haven’t yet heard of the wines from Varner you really have not been paying attention. We’ve championed their numerous brands (Varner, Spring Ridge, Neely and Foxglove) for years and have made many a friend with their wines along the way. Over the past few years even Robert Parker himself has gotten on the bandwagon giving the Varner wines consistently high scores. Don't miss out on the release of the 2009 single block Chardonnays, they won't last long. The 2009 Bee Block is the most intriguing of the three Varner Chards for me at this point. With a nose that comes off riper and more deeply set than the Home Block, with hidden layers of apricot, pumpkin pie spice, mango and challah, this tricked me; I thought it was going to be so much bigger and open than it actually was. I loved the restraint and power of this wine. The Bee Block this year is one to lay down or throw in a decanter, showing a very back-loaded richness and wild potential for 3-7 years to come with its mouth-coating texture and intense flavors of orange pith, honeysuckle, Asian pear and caramel.