2004 Kistler "Dutton Ranch" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The light gold-colored, full-bodied, intense 2004 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch (2,700 cases) displays evolved fruit notes in the nose (waxy peaches, honeysuckle, and wood). The showiest, most flamboyant of these 2004s... (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright gold. Intense, sharply focused citrus and pear skin aromas are underscored by vivid minerality. Precise, elegant and expressive on the palate, with concentrated lemon and lime flavors and a delicate hint of smoky minerality. This fat-free wine has Chablis-like qualities, finishing with excellent lift and thrust.
The richest of the likeable Kistler collection, this keenly defined look at the varietal displays a certain unctuous immediacy while showing deep, ripe-apple fruit and layered suggestions of spice, stones, butter and lees. It is quite full on the palate and very well-balanced, and its flavors go on and on at the finish. Near-term drinking will be hard to resist, yet its very real sense of reserve makes keeping worthwhile.