Wednesday, July 2, 2008

RELEASE ALERT - Kistler Vineyards Fall 2008 Release

It's with much eager anticipation that the Fall 2008 Kistler Release is announced, and they are taking orders. The Fall releases for 2008 include: 2006 McCrea Vineyard Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay - “The 2006 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard exhibits a light gold/green hue along with aromas of stone fruits, honey, orange zest (or is it tangerine?), and subtle wood spices. Full-bodied with beautiful texture as well as purity, and a long finish, it should drink well for 5-7 years. Green-tinged pale yellow. Classic Chablis nose featuring minerals, roasted grain, and a faint suggestion of tangerine skin. Richer than normal with loads of extract, but with a distinctly mineral spine that maintains the wine’s shape and stony precision. Delicious now.” 93-94 points. $75 Allocated 24 2006 Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Chardonnay - “The 2006 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch is structured and tannic, with more acidity, and a leaner, more backward personality with a chalky character. White currant, hazelnut, and wood spice notes are present in this medium to full-bodied white. Green-tinged pale yellow. Pungent, leesy bouquet combines toasted grains, marzipan, brown spices, and minerals. Deeply concentrated but precise. Finishes with mouthfilling pit fruit flavors energized by a firm mineralilty and complex sulfides. Delicious now.” 92-94 points $75 Allocated 24 2006 Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - “Always dominated by crushed rock and a liquid minerality component, it also possesses notes of lemon oil, brioche, white currants, white peaches, and a lemon custard-like character. Full-bodied with beautiful subtlety, zesty acidity, and a long finish, it can be enjoyed over the next 5-7 years. Green-tinged yellow. Distinctly pungent, soil-inflected chardonnay. A vibrant, tightly-wound wine densely packed and powerfully mineral on the palate. Brisk acids frame long, stony finish. Delicious now.” 94-96 points $75 Allocated 8 2006 Kistler Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - Inky purple. Vividly perfumed, primary aromas featuring cassis, blueberry, violet, and graphite. Deeply concentrated and precise with terrific innermouth energy and freshness. Finishes with a captivating wildness and considerable soil character. Delicious now. $80 Allocated 8 If anyone is interested, we're not going to take them all. We're in for 1 each of the chards, and 3 pinot, so that leaves a bunch of wine up for the taking. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail if you're interested. These wines will ship in November 2008. Cheers!

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