Kistler

Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

9.2184 ratings
8.929 pro ratings
Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.2

November’s 4th Friday was a big hit. There is no way I’ll be able to upload all the wines, nor give them the reviews they deserve, but there were a few worthy of mentioning!

A bit sulfuric on the nose. Slightly funky and herbal aromatics but the palate was showing zippy acidity and a shocking amount of tart fruit! Underripe Granny Smith Apple, lemon tart, mango and limestone. Very different on the palate than the nose.

November’s 4th Friday was a big hit. There is no way I’ll be able to upload all the wines, nor give them the reviews they deserve, but there were a few worthy of mentioning!

A bit sulfuric on the nose. Slightly funky and herbal aromatics but the palate was showing zippy acidity and a shocking amount of tart fruit! Underripe Granny Smith Apple, lemon tart, mango and limestone. Very different on the palate than the nose.

Dec 3rd, 2019
Darren Dittrich

Possibly the most age-worthy of the Kistler Chards. Other 2013s are ready to go, but this Durrell remains tightly wound... still there’s enough stone fruit and almond flowers to make this delicious now. A great cool-weather Chard, the oak and toasted hazelnuts will warm you up.

Possibly the most age-worthy of the Kistler Chards. Other 2013s are ready to go, but this Durrell remains tightly wound... still there’s enough stone fruit and almond flowers to make this delicious now. A great cool-weather Chard, the oak and toasted hazelnuts will warm you up.

Mar 7th, 2019
Michael Gallegos

Sales & Hospitality Red Car Winery

9.1

Too young but very good in present stage. Could probably get better. More complex and brooding, like a talented moody teenager. Great texture.

Too young but very good in present stage. Could probably get better. More complex and brooding, like a talented moody teenager. Great texture.

Nov 25th, 2018
Shawn R

Drastic improvement, time is serving this well.

Drastic improvement, time is serving this well.

Sep 4th, 2018
Shay A
9.4

Weston hosted Friday group today and was it definitely a can’t miss tasting. Wow! Absolutely knocked it out of the park with heavy hitter after heavy hitter. Similar to Wednesday group, all wines are tasted blind.

Without a doubt the best Kistler I’ve had to date. Nose was out of this world good...sweet lemon cream, almonds and smoked Gouda. Wonderful.

Weston hosted Friday group today and was it definitely a can’t miss tasting. Wow! Absolutely knocked it out of the park with heavy hitter after heavy hitter. Similar to Wednesday group, all wines are tasted blind.

Without a doubt the best Kistler I’ve had to date. Nose was out of this world good...sweet lemon cream, almonds and smoked Gouda. Wonderful.

Feb 17th, 2018
Peter Marks

Master of Wine, Educator Constellation Brands

8.2

Rich toasty oak, baking spices and creamy lees character. Would like a little more fruit and less winemaking.

Rich toasty oak, baking spices and creamy lees character. Would like a little more fruit and less winemaking.

3 people found it helpfulJun 18th, 2013
Shawn R

One of the first bottles out of our allotment from Kistler. Dark straw/hay color in the glass with whiffs of tangerine and wet stone. Citrus flavors prevail with a hint of oak and a return of the stone. Extremely long finish that continues to evolve. Would have liked to tasted a little more of the fruit and less winemaking. Reminds me of the Patz and Hall Durell Vineyard...

One of the first bottles out of our allotment from Kistler. Dark straw/hay color in the glass with whiffs of tangerine and wet stone. Citrus flavors prevail with a hint of oak and a return of the stone. Extremely long finish that continues to evolve. Would have liked to tasted a little more of the fruit and less winemaking. Reminds me of the Patz and Hall Durell Vineyard...

2 people found it helpfulDec 18th, 2015
Ron R
9.3

20 years in and this wine displays few signs of gray hairs. On the nose, notes of butterscotch and light oak.
The palette is dense and well balanced, with hints of lemons, quince and caramel. Close your eyes and you could be in burgundy.

Make it a wonderful 2017, peeps! 🍾😃

20 years in and this wine displays few signs of gray hairs. On the nose, notes of butterscotch and light oak.
The palette is dense and well balanced, with hints of lemons, quince and caramel. Close your eyes and you could be in burgundy.

Make it a wonderful 2017, peeps! 🍾😃

Jan 1st, 2017
Lance E. Farman

Uber rich. Showing a little age. In its prime.

Uber rich. Showing a little age. In its prime.

Jun 16th, 2016
Ron R
9.3

Shimmering in the glass with pineapple, grapefruit and a hint of tree bark.

On the palette, the wine is dense and viscous. It's layered with meringue, honey and brioche. The flavor profile is wonderful. Very sweet with a finish that extends and expands.

Made in the true opulent Cali style, this is an outstanding example. Wifey felt the wine was too dense on the palette, so I had to insert my will on this note. She came up short with a 9.1 rating.

Shimmering in the glass with pineapple, grapefruit and a hint of tree bark.

On the palette, the wine is dense and viscous. It's layered with meringue, honey and brioche. The flavor profile is wonderful. Very sweet with a finish that extends and expands.

Made in the true opulent Cali style, this is an outstanding example. Wifey felt the wine was too dense on the palette, so I had to insert my will on this note. She came up short with a 9.1 rating.

Jan 1st, 2016