Kistler Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2005


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Green-tinged pale yellow. Pungent burgundian nose featuring minerals, sulfides, and hazelnut. Densely packed and tactile, with superb richness, concentration, and a deep core of spice. The long finish gives a palate-staining impression of extract. Delicious now.
Category White Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Appellation Carneros
Brand Kistler
  • wa94-96

Wine AdvocateConsistently one of my favorite Chardonnays from this estate, the exotic 2005 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard offers hints of litchi nuts, tropical fruits, orange marmalade, and mangoes. Full-bodied, with tremendous length, terrific intensity, and an explosive bouquet, all underlaid with super, sappy acidity, this is a gorgeous white to drink over the next decade. Kistler Vineyards, undeniably one of the world's finest winemaking estates, is run with passionate dedication to detail and quality by Steve Kistler and Mark Bixler. It is wines like these that keep an old critic like me inspired and energized.

Robert Parker, December 2006
  • ws89

Wine SpectatorRich and full-bodied, with a mix of citrus, herb, green apple and pear-scented flavors that are complex, well-focused and concentrated, ending with a long, rich, smoky finish. Drink now through 2011. 920 cases made.

James Laube, July 31, 2008