1997 Kistler "McCrea Vineyard" Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1997 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard, made from an old Wente clone, personifies this varietal's lemony, buttery, citrusy, mineral style. It offers medium to full body, splendid concentration, considerable richness and texture on the mid-palate, and gorgeous elegance, purity, and overall balance. Tangy acidity gives the wine admirable freshness. It should age well for 5-7 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Slightly deeper color than the Durell. Lower-toned aromas of nuts, white chocolate, peach, apricot, strawberry and lemon, along with faint lactic and floral nuances. Comes across as richer than usual for this bottling, which is typically greener in color and more Chablis-like. Rich and deep on the palate, but supported by firm acids. Finishes smooth and quite persistent.
Smooth, rich and smoky, with layers of tangerine, pear, fig, hazelnut and honey. Gains richness and depth, turning thick and concentrated on the finish.