1997 Kistler Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay - 750ml

1997 Kistler Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay - 750ml

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1997 Kistler Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay A leesy, smoky, Burgundian-styled, exotic offering is the 1997 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard, whose fruit comes from the same E Block that Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer made famous with their Marcassin Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay. Kistler's effort possesses a Meursault-like, buttery character with gobs of tropical fruit and glycerin, yet firm buttressing acidity. My instincts suggest it will be the most forward of these Chardonnays, as well as the shortest-lived (4-5 years). Steve Kistler believes the 1997 Chardonnays are among the finest he has ever produced. The vintage's high yields do not appear to have had an impact on the wines' level of concentration and intensity. Moreover, the 1997's possess an atypical level of tangy, underlying acidity, giving the wines a wonderful vibrancy. The splendid aromatics are matched only by the 1995's. I tasted 8 Chardonnays. While they share a certain similarity, they posssess distinctive attributes that justify the winery's decision to differentiate them. All are fermented with both indigenous and commercial yeasts, given extensive stirring during prolonged contact with the lees, and bottled unfiltered after full malolactic fermentation. The percentage of new French oak varies, with higher percentages for the Camp Meeting Ridge, Hudson, and Cuvee Cathleen offerings. RP

Product Details

Varietal Chardonnay
Vintage 1997
Rating ST95/RP94/
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Kistler
Color White
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating RP94 - 1997 Kistler Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay A leesy, smoky, Burgundian-styled, exotic offering is the 1997 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard, whose fruit comes from the same E Block that Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer made famous with their Marcassin Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay. Kistler's effort possesses a Meursault-like, buttery character with gobs of tropical fruit and glycerin, yet firm buttressing acidity. My instincts suggest it will be the most forward of these Chardonnays, as well as the shortest-lived (4-5 years). Steve Kistler believes the 1997 Chardonnays are among the finest he has ever produced. The vintage's high yields do not appear to have had an impact on the wines' level of concentration and intensity. Moreover, the 1997's possess an atypical level of tangy, underlying acidity, giving the wines a wonderful vibrancy. The splendid aromatics are matched only by the 1995's. I tasted 8 Chardonnays. While they share a certain similarity, they posssess distinctive attributes that justify the winery's decision to differentiate them. All are fermented with both indigenous and commercial yeasts, given extensive stirring during prolonged contact with the lees, and bottled unfiltered after full malolactic fermentation. The percentage of new French oak varies, with higher percentages for the Camp Meeting Ridge, Hudson, and Cuvee Cathleen offerings. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Chardonnay
Vintage 1997
Rating ST95/RP94/
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Kistler
Color White
Wine Type Table

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