2011 Kistler "Dutton Ranch" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Crisp acids along with hints of Granny Smith apple skins, poached pear, brioche and white peach aromas jump from the glass of the medium to full-bodied, flattering, sexy 2011 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch. Slightly softer than some of its siblings (which I assume means it has less acidity), it, too, should be drunk over the next 3-4 years. There has been a progressive trend by Kistler’s winemaking team and owners to harvest at slightly lower sugars, back off slightly on the percentage of new oak used, and bottle their wines earlier. All of this is designed to preserve as much fruit and freshness in the wines as possible. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid gold. Explosive, smoke-accented pear, melon and nectarine aromas are complemented by notes of honeysuckle and sweet butter. Chewy and broad on entry, then taut in the mid-palate, offering bitter pear skin and dried pit fruit flavors plus a hint of dusty minerals. Closes smoky and very long, with lingering spiciness and a hint of iodine.
Fresh and snappy, with zesty, leesy citrus, green pineapple and green apple flavors, picking up a pleasing floral scent and ending with a stone fruit flintiness. Drink now through 2019. 1,060 cases made. (JL)