2010 Kistler "Durell" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard comes across as quite creamy, especially right after the McCrea, which is a more delicate wine. Hints of tropical fruit, white flowers, mint and passion fruit all take shape in the glass. A seamless, textured wine, the 2010 stands out for its depth and generosity. The resonant finish makes it hard to resist a second taste. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid yellow. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes poached pear, melon, ginger and jasmine, with a spicy quality adding lift. Plump but juicy and focused, offering intense candied citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a sexy floral quality. Closes on a sappy note, with excellent clarity, length and lingering spiciness.
A sturdy effort, very rich and potent, with tiers of smoke, baked apple, spice and honeysuckle. Young and raw yet tightly focused and persistent on the finish, where a touch of lemon folds in. Drink now through 2020. (JL)
"These are some of the most thrilling wines being made in California today," wrote Antonio Galloni in the 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." Their Durell--which they've been making since 1986--is always extremely well-received. The vineyard is in the western part of Sonoma Carneros, boasting marine loam soils similar to those at the famed Hyde vineyard.