We like to try Kistler when a baby, during its treacherous teens, when young adults and mature. Thus, we popped open this 2012. Visual of a slightly ripe banana, which generally inspires one to wait, albeit often good with some spicy sauces, i.e. think Thai. Let it warm-up to approximately 16 degrees celsius to allow the nose to impress. A nice hint of good ole fashion Kistler oak, some liquorice, touch of "exotic" or citrus-like fruit, a touch sharp on the nose. A bit sharp on the palate at first sip and only 15 minutes after opening. Now a bit smoother, but not quite creamy or vanilla enough for us. Goes exceedingly well with our blue cheese and Iberico ham stuffed capsicum or bell pepper with a dab of tabasco sauce! An elegant, fairly long finish. A most excellent drop that will be far better - or at least different and more like "Kistler" - in a year or two. We still encourage people to try now for the comparison/contrast later.
Clear, medium gold in color; exhibiting aromas of white flowers, lemon/lime, orange zest, butter and vanilla. Dry w/medium levels of acidity/alcohol, vibrant flavors of aforementioned profiles are displayed atop a chalky underlayment. Full bodied, supple on the palate w/elegant balance; rich expressive fruit is wonderfully countered by refreshing acidity present. Delicious Chardonnay.
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