International Wine Cellar
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 138
($70) Yellow-gold. Chalky citrus, quince and apple aromas are complicated by smoky lees, minerals and lemon pith. Bracing lime and pink grapefruit flavors gain weight with air, taking a turn to orange and tangerine. A firm, light-bodied chardonnay that offers intensity without excess weight, finishing with tangy mineral grip and great persistence. "On this soil, which is low in clay, this Wente clone is all about minerals," noted Kistler.
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Author: Robert Parker
More weight and power along with notes of roasted hazelnuts, peach, and smoky, almost clarified butter smells emerge from the 2005 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch. More extroverted and exuberant than the McCrea cuvee, it is an unusually elegant effort (because the acids are crisp and refreshing) that should drink beautifully for 7-8 years. Kistler Vineyards, undeniably one of the world's finest winemaking estates, is run with passionate dedication to detail and quality by Steve Kistler and Mark Bixler. It is wines like these that keep an old critic like me inspired and energized.
Author: James Laube
Smells rich and smoky, with exotic fig and cut apple scents followed by a raw woody character on the palate. Best to cellar short term, which should allow the wood to flesh out.
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 01/06/2013
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/31/2010
Tasted On: 05/23/2009
Drink Dates: 2006-2009
Took a while to open up. Little harsh to be honest but flavors and oak finally came out.
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/24/2008
Drink Dates: 2006-2015
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