Medium pale golden yellow. Rich and layered nose coated with pineapple, toasted, baked apples, lemon curd and a little nutty. Full bodied with well balanced acidity (6/10). Lush and lively palate with crisp lemon zest, some spices, brioche and a little tropical. Long finish with weight and life in it. Lovely wine and cannot wait to try more! Drink till 2024. — 2 days ago
A very interesting and different presentation. Muted nose of light oak. Palate is like a chameleon. It has all of the elements for champagne - without the bubbles. Mid palate presents, ocean and salinity. Well balanced with good acidity. Finishes with almonds and butterscotch. This will cellar for a few more years, but may not evolve to a better place. — 3 days ago
Surprised at how well this was holding up (when comparing to the ‘09 I had last year). Plenty acidity. Lots of pineapple and white peach notes accompanied by chalky limestone and some herbal notes. I didn’t pick up a lot of savory notes like I have on other older Kistlers (like sea salt/popcorn kernel). I even picked up some green apple on the mid palate showing that this particular bottle has plenty of life ahead. — 5 days ago
This wine has really changed quite a bit in the last two and a half months. This used to be quite a bit more tropical and acidic, but today's bottle opened showed more of an amber hue and nose of buttered popcorn and caramel. The palate seems to have more of an overripe red apple, and resembles more of an apple cider then wine. Finishes with a dried nut note. Not too sure what to think about this. All I know is that this one is nothing like the bottle I had in February. Good, but nowhere near great. If this was my first score for this wine, I would probably give it an 88.if you have any of these, I would either hold on to them for another six months in case this one is in a really funky spot, or drink them all now. — 15 days ago
Broke my mid-week alcohol fast for this...
Nose displays honey, straw and oak. First thing that hits you on the palate is honied almonds and white stone fruits. A little too much oak treatment leads to a lack of precision. It has a curvy posture, with very little acid to counterbalance the oak. Good showing, even though the oak monster showed its ass. At the right price, it’s a buy. — 13 days ago
Big day of wine! Grand Reserve tasting at Total followed by steak night.
First wine included in the Total Wine Tasting. The Calling has apricot & orange peel on the nose with a bright acidity and pear and apple on the palate. Really nice crisp Chardonnay without much Malo. Great for summer. — 4 days ago