2012 Kistler "Hudson Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Perhaps the sexiest of all these Kistler Chardonnays, at least at present, is the 2012 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard from Carneros. This is terrific stuff, offering up notes of roasted hazelnuts, honeysuckle, juicy white currants, orange and apple blossoms. Deep, rich, full-bodied and coming across like a California version of a Premier Cru Meursault from Burgundy, this is a beauty to drink over the next 5-7 years as well. (RP)
The 2012 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard is not particularly expressive today, but that probably bodes well for the future. In this tasting, the Hudson is distinguished by its energy and overall structure. Hints of orchard fruit, brioche and spice open up over time, but the Hudson needs time in bottle to fully come together. (AG)
Very tight and unrevealing, with a dense core of grapefruit and lemon flavors amid green apple and spice notes. The citrusy character wins out for now. Best from 2016 through 2022.