WA 95 Pts. - Robert Parker is a fan... He went to far as to call Varner's Chardonnays his favorite from the Santa Cruz Mountain appellation. The 2010 Bee Block has gorgeous citrus and pineapple fruit character, with well integrated oak and an impressive finish. 2009 was a 96 pointer - so if you're interested, make sure to grab a couple of bottles. According to the Wine Advocate: The 2010 Chardonnay Amphitheater Block is a big, broad-shouldered wine. There is a directness to the fruit that is highly appealing. Nectarine, honeysuckle, mint and flowers are all supported by clean veins of minerality. This extroverted, enveloping Chardonnay could use another year or two in bottle to fully come together. The clone in this parcel is believed to be Wente, or a derivative of Wente. The wine certainly has the richness and weight typically associated with that clone. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.