2001 Kistler "McCrea Vineyard" Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Lemon-yellow color with a green tinge. Aromas of lemon, clove, butterscotch and stone. Juicy and tightly wound, with dry, steely, minerally flavors of noteworthy purity. Brisk acids contribute to the wine's characteristic Chablis-like quality. Dry and youthful on the finish. This needs a couple years of additional aging.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The light gold-colored 2001 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard offers a perfumed nose of buttered popcorn and honeysuckle along with medium to full body and a pure, nicely textured, long finish. (RP)
Made from an old Wente clone, the 2001 McCrea Chardonnay is the leanest and most mineral of the Kistler offerings, showing White Burgundy-like aromatics of wet stone and citrus. Bottled unfiltered after 100% malolactic fermentation, this is nonetheless quite bright with lots of verve. Drink one now, but every complete California cellar deserves at least one bottle of this baby.