1998 Kistler Vineyards Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard Sonoma Mountain0 Ratings
1998 Kistler Vineyards Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard Sonoma Mountain
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesMcCrea Vineyard. The McCrea bottlings are typically a little firmer and a tad more restrained than those from the Durell and Dutton, and expectations are met in 1998. Loaded with rich oak, but guided by slightly leaner, mildly minerally fruit, this sleek, firmly balanced wine seems very certain to improve with a year or two of cellaring.
International Wine CellarButterscotch, Indian spices and an exotic hint of mango on the nose. Fat and voluminous; quite full and rich but rather monolithic today despite its obvious intensity. Slow-building, mouthstaining finish features strong soil tones of minerals and lime skin. This really needs a couple years of patience to assume its adult form.
Vintage ChartRating for United States-California: 89 (slightly better than average year)<br/><br/>Drinkability: drink now<br/>