Fall 2013 Wine Dinner (CL): The wine seemed flat on this night. It was consumed alongside a Herb Lamb SB and a Rivers Marie Chard and it was a distant 3rd to those two. What little flavor their seemed to be was dominated by oak and the normal lush, creamy fruit I find in Kistler was absent.
Rich, ripe Cali chardonnay. Yes it is big, with plenty of oak and butter. Nicely balanced with crisp lemon and citrus acidity. There is just the slightest hint of ripe Granny Smith apple in the background which makes me worried that this is starting to obtain some oxidative notes. It is tough to imagine that this is going to evolve in any positive manner- drink up.
Layers of butterscotch and honey with zesty tropical fruits coating the palette. Everything seemingly in correct proportion with wonderful complexity and a true combination of power and finesse. Big but fresh. One of the best Cal chards I have had.
Not sure how you could ask for more from a Cali Chardonnay. Huge flavors of lemon tart, pineapple, and citrus oil. Underlining this are hints of vanilla oakiness and minerality. Crisp acidity and butter battle out the finish. Very, very nice.
Typical cloudy unfiltered, rich yellow colour. The wood is well integrated and it has a fat, fruity nose with very little butter and toast. The nose is more grilled corncobs, creme brulee and caramelized fruit. Medium bodied, with a refreshing acidity. Everyone guessed California Chardonnay of course (Kistler is one of the best together with Ridge Monte Bello in my opinion, but there is no mistaking, it never taste/smell like Burgundy). I liked the finish which was pretty long and I think this wine will keep well for up to 10 years actually.
Drank at Home Bistro in Boystown. Was fantastic with Bosc pear salad. Lovely on it's own. Golden yellow lots of minerality. Apple or pear quite subtle,has the sanguinous quality I don't know the word for. Steel?
Yellow colour; nose of honey, butter, ligth flowers; hint of oak, soft, smooth texture, sweet, seems a bit closed. Nose clearly better. Had expected it to be more oppulent; slightly lean, little aftertaste, sweetish without being too much; little aftertaste, lacks a bit of depth.
A big rich Chardonnay with a nice mouth feel, lemon fruit and buttery, but a bit more oak then I was expecting and would have liked. Drank this at a family dinner after drinking several red wines so I will not rate it.