Wow, kapow, Batman, what a wine!!! It took a bit of time to open, but then settled into a smooth, creamy, vanilla, buttery and oaky chardonnay of fantabulous proportions. We sipped alongside a 2006 Corton-Charlemagne (or as we call it, Chuckie) and we were impressed in the extreme. Good on ya, Kistler!
I have not had much luck with this wine with my last 2-3 bottles. This wine shows a nice, med gold color, fading gently to a colorless rim. The nose is clean, but immediately shows off a bit of alcohol / heat. There is also a nice butterscotch aroma, with additional notes of peach, moss, and wet gravel. On the palate, the wine is med+ bodied, with med level, tangy acidity evident. Flavors include stone fruits, especially peach and apricot, with butterscotch candy and a smokiness, leading into the med+ length, tasty finish. This wine is considerably better than my last few bottles, thankfully. Drinking well now, but I would say that it needs to be consumed in the next 1-2 years.
An excellent showing. High toned, delicate citrus. Pale coloring, still fresh. Best pairing of the night was this with a chestnut and brioche soup. The brioche led to a buttered toast match on the midpalate. Really fun. Haven't bought Kistler in a while but this bottle reminded me of why I used to! Classy stuff. Ready now, but not in decline.
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