A striking wine in its aromatics alone, the 2010 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is another of the highlights in the range. Totally live in the glass, the 2010 is beautifully nuanced throughout. Apricots, orange blossoms and honeysuckle are some of the many nuances that emerge in a Chardonnay that impresses for its oily, expansive feel. This is another drop-dead gorgeous wine from Kistler. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. (AG) 95+
Vivid gold. A mineral-driven, intensely perfumed bouquet presents fresh pear, lime pith and jasmine, with an iodine-y overtone. Racy, sharply focused citrus and orchard fruit flavors pack an impressive punch but show no excess weight. Gains sweetness and a gingery nuance with air while maintaining vibrancy and tension. The strikingly pure, focused finish shows superb energy and leaves resonating mineral and floral notes behind. (ST)
Smoky, toasty oak notes are present from the first scent, joined by white peach, nectarine, honeydew melon and tangerine accents, gaining depth and persistence. A sure bet to improve with cellaring. Drink now through 2020. (JL)
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