|"A sturdy effort, very rich and potent, with tiers of smoke, baked apple, spice and honeysuckle. Young and raw yet tightly focused and persistent on the finish, where a touch of lemon folds in. Drink now through 2020." (WS)
"The 2010 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard comes across as quite creamy, especially right after the McCrea, which is a more delicate wine. Hints of tropical fruit, white flowers, mint and passion fruit all take shape in the glass. A seamless, textured wine, the 2010 stands out for its depth and generosity. The resonant finish makes it hard to resist a second taste. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.
It is always a pleasure to visit with Steve Kistler and his partner Mark Bixler. The 2011s and 2010s are excellent across the board, although I currently have a preference for the 2011s. Vintage 2011 is shaping up beautifully, for both the Chardonnays and Pinots. As was the case throughout the region, the season was cool and slow to develop. The 2011s were picked at lower sugars than is the norm here, but very much in keeping with the personality of the year. Steve Kistler commented that a poor set in 2011 resulted in their lowest crop loads in years. Like a lot of his colleagues, Kistler noted that the experiences of 2010 had a huge positive impact on how he responded to similar challenges in 2011. The 2010 Chardonnays are beautiful across the board. Although solid, the 2010 Pinots arenít quite at the level of the superb 2009s and I expect, ultimately, the 2011s. It was a tough vintage for the Pinots. Yields were mercilessly low. Sadly, there is no Cuvee Elizabeth, as the little fruit that came in went into the Kistler Vineyard bottling." (WA)
"($75) Vivid yellow. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes poached pear, melon, ginger and jasmine, with a spicy quality adding lift. Plump but juicy and focused, offering intense candied citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a sexy floral quality. Closes on a sappy note, with excellent clarity, length and lingering spiciness." (IWC)
Green-tinged pale yellow. Fresh citrus and orchard fruit aromas are enhanced by intense mineral and spice notes. Bright acids give shape and definition to this energetic wine. Its ripe fruit flavors are buffered by smoky lees and flinty elements. Delicious.
Sourced since 1986. Located in the western region of Carneros, and hosting a soil series similar to the marine loams of Hyde vineyards, yet influenced by a stonier vein that transects the vineyard. Produces a wine with lovely base tones, and a sublime rich nature that is consistently threaded with and supported by a an energetic acid core.