2010 Kistler "Hyde Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay

SKU #1123853 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A striking wine in its aromatics alone, the 2010 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is another of the highlights in the range. Totally live in the glass, the 2010 is beautifully nuanced throughout. Apricots, orange blossoms and honeysuckle are some of the many nuances that emerge in a Chardonnay that impresses for its oily, expansive feel. This is another drop-dead gorgeous wine from Kistler. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. (AG) 95+  (4/2013)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid gold. A mineral-driven, intensely perfumed bouquet presents fresh pear, lime pith and jasmine, with an iodine-y overtone. Racy, sharply focused citrus and orchard fruit flavors pack an impressive punch but show no excess weight. Gains sweetness and a gingery nuance with air while maintaining vibrancy and tension. The strikingly pure, focused finish shows superb energy and leaves resonating mineral and floral notes behind. (ST)  (6/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Smoky, toasty oak notes are present from the first scent, joined by white peach, nectarine, honeydew melon and tangerine accents, gaining depth and persistence. A sure bet to improve with cellaring. Drink now through 2020. (JL)  (7/2013)

K&L Notes

The iconic Kistler Vineyards produces some of the most sought-after Chardonnays in California. This small family-established winery generally only sells their wines direct from the winery to a select membership on their mailing list. At times we are able to obtain well stored wines from select private cellars, giving you the chance to try some of these wonderful wines.

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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, Mâcon, 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).