Well, color me surprised. This was opened by a friend tonight during a casual business meeting and it showed extremely well. Deep yellow color with a youthful bouquet of pear, citrus and Lily-of-the-Valley floral qualities. Rich and full without being heavy, with lemon, citrus, honeysuckle and wet stone qualities. I tend to think Parker is full of crap when he likens Kistler/Peter Michael/big CA Chard to Corton Charlemagne or nearly any other terrific Burgundy, but there was definitely a hint of that here. It had the richness and citrus of a great Corton Charlie, so I can't argue with his assessment of this one. Pristine examples such as this will hold a few years yet, but I have no doubt that this bottle was an exception and I certainly wouldn't expect too many more like it.
pale yellow;exotic nose of tropical fruit and spices ;very exotic coconut and brioche vanilla on the palate; good balance and enough acidity for me(acid is not my yardstic);med finish but look how old it is !!
Nose offers very little but oak, although very appealing oak. Flavors very balanced and delicious with more wood flavors (vanilla and sandalwood), ripe pineapple. All is saved by an enticing bitterness that cuts through the richness and sweetness and makes for a vibrant finish of glycerin and fresh ginger root.
Very prominent oak in the nose overpowers the otherwise very pretty aromas of Mashed potatoes with butter, toasted almonds,and fresh dough. The first night the acidity was almost too much, although balanced some of the other richer flavors. Second night everything is more balanced with the fresh citrusy flavors shining through. Finish is long with a little welcomed "bite", citrus zest and sandalwood.
Medium green-gold color in the glass. Aromas of marshmallow, lemon meringue, lime, pineapple, and hazelnut on the nose. On the palate, this shows marshmallow, mango, pineapple, hazelnut, toasted almonds, lemon juice, and a honeysuckle and melon floral note. The finish is long and this persists on the palate. Very much to expectations and delivering prime drinking now. Drink.
Terrific aromas of butter, apple, pear, pineapple. The wine has terrific balance of waxy fruit that coat the mouth with a prolonged finish of apple and caramel. While the wine has excellent acidity and should continue to do well for at least another 4-5 years, I think this wine is drinking beautifully now.
Aromas of butter, almonds, stone/slate with an nice floral undertone. Flavors of pear, tart apple, minerals and fruit cocktail syrup. Absolutely delicious, and I suspect it should hold at this level for anoher year or two. 93-94 pts.
Excellent as usual, however, not quite as bright on the palate, perhaps showing a bit of age. Customary citrus and floral notes were prominent. Beautiful gold presentation and structure, really well made wine.
smokey, citrus nose, body was closed but eventually opened up after at least 30 minutes, creamy fruit but still seemed to lack robust chardonny fruit, very short finish, unclear is bottle was bad or the year was bad, disappointing
Potent nose of sweet lemons, pineapple and minerals. Quite soft and open with lovely pineapple and pear fruit flavors. Really rich and extracted and finishes with spicy complexity. A realy good Kistler Vineyard but the acidity is fading and this needs to be drunk now.
The nose seems "reticent" today, with some smokey, lychee items of interest, but the mouth is full bore ahead, with tannic (as in BITTER), orange citrus, and yellow citrus. It's well balanced, and though the tastes are overt and rich, the wine seems at one with its large self. The length is a bit less bitter, but very fruity and fragrant, with nice tropicality. A note to the wary: I like the bitter element of this wine. If you don't like that, your view might be less sympathetic.
What a difference from the last tasting note, which must have been from a flawed bottle. This one is typical Kistler, full blown and blousey. The nose is full of very ripe orange fruit and nutty/oily elements; the tastes are of yellow and orange citrus and orange tropical fruit, with some tiny bit of red fruit, probably a result of the acidity in combination with something else. The length is decent, and the only sub-excellent part of the wine, as it shows moderately long but with a bit of a tannic bite. The is a fine example of its type.
Lots of peach, pear and a bit more lemon than I'd like to find. Stopped buying Kistler because of their hostage approach to pinots, and comparing a Kistler hostage chard to a recent DuMol Chard gives a value perspective to that decision as well. Enjoyable, but a bit of a letdown. Will see if remaining half bottle tastes better this evening.
very bright color in the glass. there was a little sludgy stuff in the bottle, but the wine was clear and golden.
lemon zest and a little smokey oak. again with the butterscotch nut flavor. very full body. shared with faimly. "this doesn't taste like the chardonnay we have our house" was a quick comment. heheh. it went very quickly, no time for evolution.
wow. crystal clear yellow color a little barrel smoke (like our "fancy" salt flavored with smoke from burned chard barrels), citrus curd, also a creamy honey butterscotchy nut flavor. Clean taste (nice acidity) with an incredible finish of lemon zest with a little baking spice.
a few hours in i actually got a little strawberry cream on the nose, that would fade to lemon zest.
Really good Chardonnay. A little bit of vanilla, a little bit of spice, a really long finish, great nose. Yeah, it's a little young, but I haven't had the best 'luck' ageing my Kistler chards, so I lean towards drinking them early. Anyway, this one was a pleasure to knock down. Had 3 bottles over the course of the weekend.
Like a full bodied white Burgundy with a touch more butter than the French. Solid amount of minerals and green apple with a touch of tropical fruit. Very concentrated but still light and refreshing. Drinking very well.