2010 Kistler "Hudson Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Ash, smoke, crushed rocks and white flowers jump from the 2010 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard. A wine of total grace and purity, the 2010 wraps around the palate with gorgeous intensity. Here the aromas take on shades of white orchard fruit. White flowers and a drop of French oak add lift and volume on the seamless, inviting finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Green-tinged yellow. Precise aromas of orange zest, fresh pineapple, iodine, white flowers and smoky lees. Spicy, high-pitched and penetrating, with palate-staining citrus and orchard fruit flavors and pronounced minerality. Shows outstanding tension and focus on the long, smoke- and floral-accented finish. (ST)
Offering rich layers of honeydew melon, apricot, fig and hazelnut, this is sleek and focused, gaining depth and maintaining a persistent aftertaste. (JL)
"These are some of the most thrilling wines being made in California today," wrote Antonio Galloni in Wine Advocate back in February 2012, adding, "Over the last few years Kistler has refined his approach, as he wasn't totally satisfied by the way some of his earlier wines had developed in bottle. Today Kistler is picking his Chardonnays at lower Brix levels, using less French oak (with no stirring of the lees) and keeping the wines in barrel for a shorter amount of time, all in an effort to preserve as much freshness as possible. The result is wines that are totally different in style from past years." This bottling comes from Lee Hudson's famous vineyard in the southwestern part of Napa Carneros. This expertly farmed site's combination of volcanic soils and marine sediment impart minerality, depth and elegance to the wines produced from there.