2000 Kistler "Dutton Ranch" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The elegant, Coche-Dury-styled 2000 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch reveals notions of orange marmalade, liquid minerals, lemon rind, and citrus. Leesy/hazelnut qualities are also present in this medium-bodied, rich, delineated, French-styled Chardonnay.
Shows off fresh bread dough and toasted grains, with a tight core of pear and citrus-scented fruit, and light cedary oak. Gains complexity on the finish, with hints of anise and citrus, and the acidty is vibrant and juicy. Drink now through 2006.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Aromas of lemon custard, soft citrus fruits, nuts and light sulfides. Round and rich, with a suave texture but good rather than outstanding concentration. Soil-driven flavors.