2010 Kistler "Durell" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

SKU #1118174 93 points 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)  (4/2013)

93 points 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.  (5/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (7/2013)

K&L Notes

"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.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).