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International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102
Slightly hazy, pale yellow-gold. Superripe yet reticent aromas of dried fruits, minerals and hazelnut. Broad, rich and sweet but with perfectly harmonious acidity; highly concentrated, layered and suave. Intriguing stony and nutty nuances. Very long on the aftertaste.
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Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 10/10/2010
Excellent, but almost dessert like now with carmel and candy across the paalte. like an old corton charlemagne
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/01/2005
Drink Dates: 2005-2006
In 1979, Kistler first planted this high altitude 35-acre vineyard to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. While early Kistler Cabernets were fine efforts (with great pleasure I drank a lot of the 1982(?) after finding it gathering dust in Carmel Valley over a decade ago), eventually the Cabernet program was discontinued. An additional six acres of Chardonnay was added in 1995. Kistler smartly planted the vineyard to the Mount Eden clone ? the clone that Martin Ray exploited with great success for his Santa Cruz Mountains (Saratoga) Chardonnays in the fifties and the source of today?s superb Chardonnays from Mount Eden Vineyards. A medium gold hue with an initially muted bouquet of light toasty nuances, balsawood, lemon, and sweet pear. Because they are unfiltered, many Kistler Chardonnays, including this one, are slightly cloudy rather than perfectly clear wine. Technocrats will mark a wine down for this "flaw? but informed oenophiles will realize exactly what this trait means ? you have a living wine in your glass. Huge Chardonnay fruit in the mouth but the wine?s bright acidity keeps things lively. Incredible length.
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