Deep gold to light amber. Roasted nuts over backed honeyed apple nose, with lemon and tangerine in the background. More lemon and tart apple, iodine, burnt pineapple in the mouth, where it is creamy with moderate acidity.Medium finish, turning a tad bitter at the end. Still quite nice.
As I heard that someone has said " there are no great wines only great corks" I figure this is the case in this wine as my prior notes describe this wine as spent in large measure. Tonight the cork seemed plumb and intact and the wine is a youthful yellow gold and aromas and flavors are crisp golden delicious apple and fresh lemony cream with an alcohol finish and a vanilla streak.
Remarkably well preserved, pale gold with clearing at the edges. Initial nutty, toasted brioche and grain, cut straw, evolves to creamy citrus fruit, mixed with honeyed apricot, a hint of smoke, surrounding a mineral core. Medium to long finish. Superb balance.
Definitely the surprise of the year (so far - it is only January), this bottle is beautifully balanced, and surprisingly youthful compared to many other aged Kistler Chardonnays. Medium gold with a touch of amber. Crisp wet stone minerality, nice acid, with lively slightly sweet citrus and tropical fruit, yielding to cut straw, iodine, and yeasty leesy elements. Medium long finish.
To no one's surprise senescence has long befallen the Kistler 97's (save perhaps the cooler climate Carneros cuvees Hyde and Hudson which have been birthed and aged better than the other chiefly RRV sourced cuvees) and VH shows plainly the ravages of time but buoyed by a streak of acidity it retains some appeal. Yellow/amber rather than the Amber/yellow of the Kistler vineyard cuvee; lemon peel and walnuts sharpened a little by a remnant of tartness.
Surprisingly lively for the age, this Kistler started with a nose of straw, oak, and dried fruit, and evolved to show layers of flavor, with notes of honey, grilled bread, creme brulee, citrus and nuts. with a lovely balance and finish. I was afraid it was going to be somewhat uni-dimensional at first, but it really opened up and sang. Great surprise!
Medium straw color. Nose of mixed roasted grain, yeast, orange honey, apple, tangerine, almond. Smooth with notable viscosity. Flavors rich and delightful, favoring fresh baked bread, cereals and apple. Less oxidation than expected. Finishes clean and long,overall quite reminiscent of a fine Drouhin Clos des Mouches . Bottle 2 of two.
Color sliightly less rich than is usual for Kisltler. Nose of lanolin and hazelnuts. Very nice on the initial attack; typical Kistler flavors but slighlty muted (not a bad thing!). Seemed to fade after about an hour, but rallied therafter with an impressive second wind. Very nice.
Probably the best Chardonnay I've ever had. I'm not sure I understand the lower ratings. This thing is such a gem. Afte 11 years, it's showing sooo well, big, powerful, yet no edge to it. Am not sure what more I'd ask for in a Chard. Not sure why folks think this is past it's prime - i['m tasing it now and it's ringing like a bell for me. That said, I will say that it was best right out of the bottle, but even 20 mins later there it's strangely fading a bit. What a gem. It's given me shivers down my spine. The only other white wine that was as good or better for me was a $100 '00 Corton Charlamagne Grand Cru.
Aged chardonnay with rich smooth mouthfeel, aromas of mineral, giving way to hints of citrus and tropical fuit. Very enjoyable. Opened another bottle with sushi 1/5/08. Still excellent. More intensely creamy and buttery, with less prominent minerality this time.
I came across this wine today and needed to try to see if it still had some life left in it. It has been in perfect storage since its release. I must admit that it was approachable with a bit of fruit left that I really cannot distinguish. Needless to say I should have had this a bit earlier but by no means it is a total loss. If you have any DRINK IT TONIGHT!!!!!