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2003 Kistler - Chardonnay Durell Vineyard 750ml
2003 Kistler - Chardonnay Durell Vineyard
USA - California - Sonoma - Sonoma Coast
White / Chardonnay
2003 Kistler - Chardonnay Durell Vineyard
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 126

($65) Medium yellow. Warm gingery spices and nutty oak add interest to the pineapple aroma. Lush, sweet and spicy, if a bit youthfully subdued, with very ripe notes of peach and nectarine. This comes across as less obviously ripe than the McCrea or Dutton Ranch bottlings-or is it simply more understated? There's lovely acidity and very good persistence. The crop level here was half of normal due to a poor set.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 157

Liqueur of minerals in addition to lemon oil and egg custard might well be a worthy descriptor for the 2003 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard. Light gold with a greenish hue, this wine is a bit more evolved in color than the McCrea Vineyard, but generous, full-bodied, and rich, with uplifting, vibrant acidity, giving freshness and zest to all the component parts. This is a candidate for 4-5 years of aging, although I suspect it is going to last longer.

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Community Reviews


Christopher Tasted On: 08/31/2011 Drink Dates: 2011

With a bright yellow-gold color in the glass, this classy and perfectly mature 03 CA Chard shows an evolved, yet still fresh nose of mineral driven citrus and green apple mingled with butterscotch and lemon meringue. The palate is balanced and supported by a backbone of ripe acidity. This is a great example of mature chardonnay and perfect to drink now.


Andre L593 Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 09/07/2011

Still bright, fresh and lovely after all these years! Holding up very well. Well-balanced with the oak and fruit integrated very nicely. Seamless from beginning to end. Banana, cream, oak spice and lemon citrus flavors come together to create a magically delicious drinking experience. If you really like the aged characteristics of chardonnay (nuttiness, smoke, etc.) I think this could last for another year or two, but its drinking really well right now.


Smith-Shannon Tasted On: 08/31/2011

Really lovely nose, plenty of fruit with some mineral elements. Very balanced flavors, with citrus and pear fruits and acid, a hint of the classic buttery mouth-feel of a Kistler wine. Drinking well now but likely to be good for several more years.

Tim T Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 08/31/2011 Drink Dates: 2011-2015

Drinking well now, with hints of some aged characteristics to it. There is still great acid keeping the wine fresh. Lemon and butterscotch. This has plenty of life left in it.


AKC Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 09/01/2011

Ripe tropical fruit with vanilla custard and mineral. Vibrant acidity, fresh on the palate considering the age.

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