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2009 Kistler "Hyde Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay

SKU #1123255 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2009 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is one of the most complete wines in this lineup. It boasts extraordinary class and elegance from start to finish. All of the elements are in the right place in this multi-dimensional, textured Chardonnay. Pineapple, mango, spices, white flowers and creme brulee are some of the many nuances that inform the understated, polished finish. This striking wine is all about nuance and transparency. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2011)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Kistler’s 2009 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is absolutely gorgeous, with all of its characteristic richness, power and breadth on full display. Creamy and expressive, the 2009 is in a great spot today. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2015)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright gold. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of candied lemon, pear skin, iodine and smoky minerals. Dry, incisive citrus fruit and floral flavors show excellent clarity and intensity, with a touch of licorice adding depth. The mineral note comes back strong on the clinging finish. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This tight, flinty Chardonnay features intense, focused and taut flavors of nectarine, peach and snappy honeydew melon, ending with a spicy mineral edge. (JL) Inner quote mark (7/2012)

K&L Notes

"I was blown away by these wines from Steve Kistler, his partner Mark Bixler, and assistant winemaker Jason Kesner," wrote Antonio Galloni in Wine Advocate. "Over the last few years Kistler has refined his approach, as he wasn't totally satisfied by the way some of his earlier wines had developed in bottle. Today Kistler is picking his Chardonnays at lower Brix levels, using less French oak (with no stirring of the lees) and keeping the wines in barrel for a shorter amount of time, all in an effort to preserve as much freshness as possible. The result is wines that are totally different in style from past years... Readers who haven't tasted the Kistler wines in some time owe it to themselves to do so. These are some of the most thrilling wines being made in California today." (2/2012)

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