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.
This bottle is spot on - nice to see given the variability that I have experienced with this vintage of Kistler wines. Very rich, reminds me of what a well aged grand cru chablis can taste like with enough acidity and minerality to provide overall balance.
Served to my wine friends, out of the refrigerator. Oak comes across heavily on the nose and palate. One would think it would be better integrated after 8 years? This is a heavy California style, seems very manipulated and extracted. Certainly not in my style preference these days. I have 2 more bottles, and my notes consistently show a pattern that this wine is on the decline. Drink up ASAP. Came back to this after 2 days in the fridge, it came across corked, in a very predominant way. So hopefully my other 2 bottles do not suffer this same fate.
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