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2008 Kistler "Durell Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

SKU #1080104 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright gold. A hugely aromatic bouquet evokes fresh melon, orange and pit fruits, with complicating notes of intense iodine and spices. Deeply pitched orchard fruit flavors show a strong smoky character, with juicy acidity providing shape. The iodine note repeats on the long, sappy, chewy finish, which leaves notes of pear skin and orange zest behind. I really like the interplay of richness and vibrancy here. This was made from all Wente clones. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2011)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Subtle smoke, orange marmalade, quince, white peach and brioche aromas emerge from the light gold-hued 2008 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard. This cuvee is made in a medium to full-bodied, slightly restrained, tighter style than the Dutton Ranch or the McCrea Vineyard, but it reveals considerable potential. (RP) 93+ Inner quote mark (12/2011)

K&L Notes

The iconic Kistler Vineyards produces some of the most sought-after and spectacular Chardonnays in California. This small family winery generally only sells their wines directly 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. Winemaker notes on the Durrel vineyard: "Sourced since 1986. Located in the western region of Carneros, and hosting a soil series similar to the marine loams of Hyde vineyards, yet influenced by a stonier vein that transects the vineyard. Produces a wine with lovely base tones and a sublime rich nature that is consistently threaded with, and supported by, an energetic acid core."

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