2002 Kistler Chardonnay Dutton Ranch
Chardonnay: Readers looking for more Meursault-like, roasted hazelnut, smokiness, tropical fruit and a leesy note to its medium to full-bodied, chunky, richly fruity style should check out the 2002 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch.
International Wine CellarRating: 90(+?) - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 120, May/June 2005. ($60) Good medium yellow; slightly hazy. Musky aromas of lemon peel, iodine, minerals and charred oak. Velvety-rich and sweet on the palate, but with a light touch. A seamless chardonnay that really dances on the palate, even if it doesn't offer quite the texture or intensity of the best 2002 chardonnays at this address. Finishes tight and youthfully dry, with slightly edgy acidity. This really calls for a couple years of cellaring.
Vintage ChartRating for United States-California: 90 (slightly better than average year)<br/><br/>Drinkability: drink now<br/>