Kistler Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2013

$119

Kistler 2011 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay - rare new release available. previous vintage 95 Points Robert Parker:  "The 2011 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch is another standout. I marvel at Kistler’s ability to achieve density and depth, but without any sense of excess weight. At once rich and creamy, but also beautifully delineated, the Dutton Ranch is a model of elegance and precision. I can’t wait to taste this from bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021."I was blown away by these wines from Steve Kistler, his partner Mark Bixler and assistant winemaker Jason Kesner. 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.

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Ratings on Delectable

Shawn R Delectable Pro

Constant with my last notes. Paired really well with shrimp cocktail and pan seared diver scallops.

Constant with my last notes. Paired really well with shrimp cocktail and pan seared diver scallops.

9.4

Shawn R Delectable Pro

Light pale straw color in the glass. Mysterious nose of campfire charred marshmallow, earth aromas and slight lemon/citrus appeal. Zippy Lemon curd, restrained cream notes secondary vanilla and honey. Well built Chardonnay that is focused. Long finish pushing minerals and nutty flavors.

Light pale straw color in the glass. Mysterious nose of campfire charred marshmallow, earth aromas and slight lemon/citrus appeal. Zippy Lemon curd, restrained cream notes secondary vanilla and honey. Well built Chardonnay that is focused. Long finish pushing minerals and nutty flavors.

9.5

Brandon Boesch

I wanted to like but just too rich and sweet.

I wanted to like but just too rich and sweet.

8.8

Chris LoRusso

Great acid, lemon & hazelnut. Light to medium bodied, not as buttery as I like. Prefer the Vine Hill, but Love Kistler Chard!

Great acid, lemon & hazelnut. Light to medium bodied, not as buttery as I like. Prefer the Vine Hill, but Love Kistler Chard!

9.3

Don Parker

Classic Cali.

Classic Cali.

9.2

Gerry Schwartz

2003 , still great fruit

2003 , still great fruit

9.3

Michael Sinowitz Delectable Pro

Rich, full bodied, vanilla, some tropical fruit notes.

Rich, full bodied, vanilla, some tropical fruit notes.

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