International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92($70) Bright gold. Vibrant aromas of Meyer lemon, orange and green apple, with subtle lees and toasted bread adding depth. Sappy, chewy citrus and orchard fruit flavors are impressively deep but also lively and fresh, with excellent lift and cut. Tightens up on the finish, with the brisk citrus qualities repeating. There's something ethereal about this precise lightweight.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2008
Wine Spectator | Rating: 90Rich, smoky marshmallow, fig, citrus, melon and nutmeg scents that are elegant and understated. The flavors fan out nicely on the finish, ending with a clean, lively finish. Drink now through 2011. 3,635 cases made.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95The 2005 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard exhibits a light green/gold color as well as beautiful aromas of lemon oil, tangerine rind, and subtle wood spices, zesty acidity, full body, superb concentration, and stunning length. It should evolve for 7-10 years.Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 93Author: Jam02110
Self | Rating: 91Good Kistler Chardonnay which means really good wine - a bit oakier than other Kistler's I've had but great citrus flavors and beautiful straw color. Only negative could be it seemed pretty close to peak at this point and it may be time to drink them nowAuthor: PJ Haveron
Self | Rating:Nose dominated mainly by toast and fig with roasted apple also. Very good length. Flashes of orange water on the buttery palate. Bright acidity, though not quite as fresh as I remembered it from a year ago. Echoes of the fig. Brioche and butterscotch. Very good but didn't bowl me over the way it did the first time. 14.1%Author: W.Simons
Self | Rating: 92What a surprise... Melon, citrus, appl, lively wine. Nice minerality. Perfect timing. Great nose.Drink Dates: 2013Author: jcuk
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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Chardonnay is a versatile variety that can grow in a wide range of climates, and its neutral flavor profile offers a blank canvas for winemakers to impart their style. In cool climates, Chardonnay displays flavors of green fruit and citrus. As the climate becomes more moderate, flavors of white peach and melon develop. In warm and hot climates, aromas of banana, pineapple, and other tropical fruit are common.
The best Old-World Chardonnay comes from , where it is uniquely reflective of terroir and can express many different flavor profiles even within this relatively small region. In , the northernmost part of Burgundy, wines are often unoaked and known for their minerality, high acidity, and aromas of green apple, citrus, wet stone, and slate. In the , further south, wines are typically aged in neutral French oak and have flavors of stone fruit, toast, almond, and cream. Burgundian producers pioneered the techniques that are now associated with high-quality Chardonnay around the world, including barrel fermentation, barrel ageing, malolactic fermentation, and maturation on lees. The best wines, from producers like , , and , can age in the bottle for a decade or more, developing complex aromas of nuts and mushroom.
New-World Chardonnay tends to grow in warmer climates than in the Old World, producing wines that are full-bodied, high in alcohol, and low in acidity. Use of American oak imparts flavors of vanilla, clove, hazelnut, butter, and caramel on top of peach and banana fruit. Look to producers in and , including , , and , for the highest-quality versions of this New-World style.
Chardonnay’s versatility makes it a great option for pairing. High-acid wines from Chablis are the perfect accompaniment to oysters or clams, while oak-forward Napa wines are the best match for buttery lobster. Halibut, cod, and chicken breast are classic pairings with white Burgundy.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 1808 bottles owned
- 249 collectors
- Average collector rating: 92
(Out of 249 collectors)