2004 Kistler Chardonnay Durell Vineyard

2004 Kistler Chardonnay Durell Vineyard

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  • Chardonnay
  • 750ML
  • WA 93

Reviews for 2004 Kistler Chardonnay Durell Vineyard

WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2005
 The 2004 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard (only 900 cases) possesses tangy fresh acidity in addition to a sweet perfume of citrus oils wet stones and subtle hazelnuts. Tightly-knit but full-bodied ripe poised and...  The 2004 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard (only 900 cases) possesses tangy fresh acidity in addition to a sweet perfume of citrus oils wet stones and subtle hazelnuts. Tightly-knit but full-bodied ripe poised and refreshing it will keep for 5-7 years. For Steve Kistler and his longtime assistant Mark Bixler 2004 was a very small crop even smaller than the modest production of 2003. This is a reference point winery for New World Chardonnay although their viticultural and winemaking techniques are decidedly Burgundian. Interestingly during the last year I have had an opportunity to taste some ten year old Kistler Chardonnays and they have aged well in the bottle. While a decade is not long when compared with some long-lived white Burgundies by the standards of most California Chardonnays which are generally best consumed during their first 1-3 years of life the Kistler techniques of whole cluster pressing slow malolactic fermentation aging on their lees in high quality French oak and bottling without fining or filtration appear to be producing longer lived Chardonnays. Kistler has enjoyed a run of terrific vintages in the new century. Moreover they seem to be ratcheting up their performance in terms of the quality and complexity of their Pinot Noirs. (Release date 11/06)Tel. (707) 823-5603; Fax (707) 823-6709