1998 Kistler "Hyde Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale green-tinged color. Musky, leesy aromas of lime, ginger and iodine; showed more exotic pineapple and dried fruit notes as it opened in the glass. The palate detonates with sweet, penetrating, creamy fruit of extraordinary depth. As powerful as this is, it conveys an impression of poise. The explosive, endless finish combines palate-saturating fruit and dusty mineral notes. This is surely the greatest young chardonnay I've tasted in my dining room so far this year.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The sensational 1998 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard emerges from a block of vines that used to be sold to the Mondavis for their reserve Chardonnay. Roasted hazelnut, espresso, zesty tropical fruit, mineral, and buttery aromas and flavors are accompanied by a full-bodied, powerful, gorgeously pure and well-delineated wine. Made from old Chardonnay vines, it should drink well for 5-7 years, possibly longer.
Sleek and elegant, with flavors that gain complexity and nuance. Lots of spicy and sharply focused citrus, pear, anise and apricot flavors that are smoky and rich.