Kistler 2017 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay - rare new release. 94 Points Robert Parker: "The 2017 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard has a delicate nose of apricot, quince peel and red apple skin with notes of honeyed almonds, toast, gunflint and dried flowers with a spicy undercurrent. It's medium-bodied, broad and rounded in the mouth with intense savory fruit layers opposed by tangy acidity, finishing very long on a mineral note...." ...Kistler Vineyards remains one of the absolute benchmark producers of great Sonoma Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, sitting right up there with the highest quality examples of these grapes from throughout the world. While the wines come from as wide a range of top terroirs as Sonoma can provide, interestingly nearly all of the Chardonnays are produced from a proprietary selection of Wente clones taken from a Larry Hyde block in the early 1980s. The exception is the Kistler Vineyard, which contains some original Martin Ray Mount Eden clonal material. This can be found in the straight Kistler Vineyard Chardonnay bottling, as opposed to the Cuvee Cathleen, which is mainly Wente selection. All the vineyard-designate Chardonnays are produced in precisely the same manner, meaning the differences between them are almost exclusively down to the differences in terroir. And as readers will see from my notes, the differences are striking."