More Vintages and Sizes of Kistler - Chardonnay Durell Vineyard:
International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 108
($65) Slightly paler color than the Hyde. More fruit-driven aromas of apricot, peach, grilled nuts and light sulfides. Hugely fruity to the point of painful; round, sweet flavors of dried and fresh orchard fruits and grapefruit. Very smooth in the middle, with just a tad less complexity of flavor than the Hyde. A bit chewier on the finish.
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Author: Robert Parker
The blockbuster 2000 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard (produced from an old Wente Chardonnay clone) is an intensely steely offering with extraordinary texture, ripeness, and weight, with a liquid minerality, phenomenal precision, and a sensational finish that lasts nearly 40 seconds ... remarkable for a dry white. It possesses a floral note intermixed with the minerality and citrus fruit aspect so prevalent in this vintage's finest wines. Enjoy it over the next decade.
Author: James Laube
Scents of anise, fig and apricot lead to similar flavors on the palate, shaded by smoky oak and a hint of marshmallow on the finish. Not quite as flamboyant as the other Kistlers, but may be in time. 1,845 cases made.
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 02/11/2012
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 07/09/2011
Held up extremely well.
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