golden; nose of baked apples, warm bread;fruit has toned down, backbone and structure now more apparent, balanced, nice crisp acidic core, like a mature Meursault Premier Cru; full body, warm, sl yeasty finish, complex, long finish with good balance. Not all Kistlers age this well but enough do to justify the investment
Kistler Chardonnay Blind Tasting (Chicago IL): Blind Kistler Chardonnay tasting. Clearly showing some age on nose and palate, probably a year or two past its prime, but this wine had more charm and balance than almost all the younger wines tonight. Caramelized fruit on nose with hints of butterscotch. then ripe and rich peach and apricot on palate. I liked this relatively much better than the group did, but the group generally liked these wines much better than I did.
Kistler Chards 1994-2002 TN (Long) (F. Patterson - Chicago): Deep almost golden in color. Delicate nose of nuts, butterscotch and honey. Palate was oily with toned down fruit and carmel edge. subtle sherry-like element with fat soft mouthfeel. Lacking a little in flavor intensity and showing some age. To me this bottle was likely better a few years ago, but still a quality wine.
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