2009 Kistler Chardonnay Durell Vineyard

Year: 2009
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 94-96
White Wine
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"A cuvee that always reveals a grand cru Chablis-like style is the Chardonnay Durell Vineyard. The mineral-laced 2009 exhibits notes of white peach, pear, wet rock and a subtle touch of spice as well as a full-bodied, rich, concentrated style. The acid levels give vibrancy and laser-like focus.

Not only have the 2008s lived up to or exceeded their potential from last year’s barrel tastings, the 2009s appear to be fabulous as well. Of course, 2008 was a much more challenging vintage and 2009 was a cool year, much like 2005, with slightly lower alcohols and higher yields than the short crop of 2008. All of the 2009 Chardonnays finished with around 14+% alcohol levels and had more minerality than usual. Kistler’s bottled 2008s were all concentrated. The 2008 Chardonnays have the potential to last even longer than the 2009s given the fact that they are even more concentrated than those wines." (WA)