2009 Kistler Durell Vineyard Chardonnay, Sonoma Valley, USA
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DescriptionKistler 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. The 2009 harvest started around September 4 for both Chardonnay and Pinot. The 2009s were bottled in December 2010.
Robert ParkerA cuvee that always reveals a grand cru Chablis-like style is the Chardonnay Durell Vineyard. The mineral-laced 2009 exhibits notes of white peach, pear, wet rock and a subtle touch of spice as well as a full-bodied, rich, concentrated style. The acid levels give vibrancy and laser-like focus.
Vinous (Antonio Galloni)The 2009 Chardonnay Durrell Vineyard shows the more tropical, lush side of Chardonnay. There is plenty of underlying minerality to provide support. Layers of fruit build towards the effortless, gracious finish. The Durell can be enjoyed today or cellared for a handful of years.
Vinous (Stephen Tanzer)Vivid yellow-gold. Powerful, lees-accented aromas of poached pear, melon and honey, with iodine and ginger nuances adding vivacity. Weighty and palate-coating but surprisingly energetic, offering intense citrus pith and orchard fruit flavors complicated by suave floral and mineral notes. Closes firm and dry, leaving zesty mineral and spice notes behind.