International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120
($65) Medium yellow. Superripe, musky aromas of orange oil, ginger, charred oak and light sulfides. Sweet and full in the mouth, but with a penetrating quality to the pineapple and spice flavors. This, too, is very light on its feet. Finishes elegant, juicy and long, with an enticing mineral edge to its flavors.
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Author: Robert Parker
A profound effort from the dynamic Kistler-Bixler duo is the 2002 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard. Spectacular ripeness along with a liquid minerality give this large-scaled, bigger than life Chardonnay tremendous balance/equilibrium. This compelling, full-bodied, dense wine offers smoky hazelnut characteristics intermixed with oranges, lemons, tropical fruits, and hints of Grand Marnier as well as caramel. There is a lot going on in this full-bodied, concentrated yet impeccably well-balanced offering. It should drink well for a decade.
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 05/07/2010
Drinking like a good white burgundy, very enjoyable, though the finish lacks a little. Great with food (unlike many Calif. chards.) Drink now or in the next year
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/12/2009
Drink Dates: 2006-2012
Much more oak than the 2003, but the creaminess and vanilla are still prevalent in the nose. Excellent driving acid leads to lasting, balanced finish.
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