Kistler Vine Hill Vineyard Chardonnay - rare new release. 96 Points Robert Parker: "Coming from the “home” vineyard, the 2016 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard opens with opulent fresh ginger, pineapple paste and guava scents with underlying accents of yuzu, hazelnuts, honeycomb and allspice. Rich, spicy and decadent in the mouth, it has a lively backbone of freshness lifting the many layers to a long, savory and spice-laced finish... ...the single-vineyard wines all represent much smaller quantities of wine. There have been several noticeable changes in the Kistler wines over the last few years, as they are certainly picking the Pinot Noir at an earlier date and going for less extraction, more fragrance and delicacy. The Chardonnays are still powerful wines but they have backed off the new oak to about 40%. (About 10 years ago, it was around 60%.) Other than that they are still potent and rich Chardonnays that are meant to be drunk in their first 4-6 years of life. It is my experience that aging Kistler wine has not been generally as successful as I would have hoped.."
Lunch at Wayfare Tavern (San Francisco)and time for oysters with white wine. Straw yellow color. On the nose: apple, lemon, toasty oak. Taste: pear, lemon, lime, crisp mineral finish. Medium finish.
Lunch at Wayfare Tavern (San Francisco)and time for oysters with white wine. Straw yellow color. On the nose: apple, lemon, toasty oak. Taste: pear, lemon, lime, crisp mineral finish. Medium finish.9.0