2004 Kistler Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard – reticent nose of oil dip stick & white flowers, orange fruits and rambutan. after 30 minutes the motor oil recedes to creamy lemon bar with white pepper (or maybe cinnamon or paprika). awesome texture of lanolin zest and big lemon meringue flavors that sustain fo-evah. deep sniffs give me a volnay/pommard red burgundy nose of femaile, but the flavors change over time like a white 1er. bracing sustained acid and laser-like balance on the finish. no complaints.
Two weeks ago I opened a Kistler Vineyard 2004 that was given to me as a gift. I couldn’t drink it. I tried. The “motor oil” component is what troubled me - particularly in the nose. I had a friend with a more practiced palate come by and taste, and he found it fine. Not sure what your “lanolin zest” means…but unfortunately, I never derived the pleasure from my bottle that you did from yours.
When you say diesel oil Ron, do you mean an oily texture on the palate, or on the nose? Enjoy the whole gambit of petrol, fuel, black tar you get in certain German Riesling and White Burgundies on the nose and very curious where that comes from as well? On many Kistler Chardonnays I have had, thought there was an oily mouth feel, but never a petrol nose so curious if that is what you picked up in the wine.
It was not the texture, but hugely on the nose and carried over to the palate. This bottle was given to me along with a couple of Aubert Chardonnays, and to my mind, these are worlds apart. And Nick, no, time open has not helped this bottle for my palate. Come on over - there is still half a bottle in the fridge…
Ron, the last several J J Prum wines opened had a distinct petrol note about them. If memory serves me: 1993 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese, 1994 J J Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese, and 1997 J J Prum Graacher Himmelreich Auslese.
Perhaps the next time you and Mishel are in town Ron, we could head over to Merrill’s and taste through her lineup? And with some Kistler, Aubert, Peter Michael or something else nice? But no Merrill, not the half bottle still in your fridge . . .