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Kistler 'Mccrea Vyd' Chardonnay 2015

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This opens with an obvious nose of lightly toasted almond, a hint of burnt marshmallow, and candied orange/grapefruit/apricot. In the mouth the wine is direct and brisk and just a touch hot. Lean and restrained by California standards this is a touch diffuse through the midpalate but offers balanced notes of dried apricot, vanilin laced spice, and a touch of minerality that leads to the medium length finish. A very nice wine for near term consumption.

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McCrea Cellars:
We've pioneered Rhône varietals in Washington for over two decades. In partnership with several dedicated growers, we began with a vision, believing that these grape vines would succeed in an unproven region. Today ten varietals thrive, an unprecedented achievement in our State. The wines from these plantings have exceptional quality and accurately reflect the distinctive flavors of their Rhôn... Read more
We've pioneered Rhône varietals in Washington for over two decades. In partnership with several dedicated growers, we began with a vision, believing that these grape vines would succeed in an unproven region. Today ten varietals thrive, an unprecedented achievement in our State. The wines from these plantings have exceptional quality and accurately reflect the distinctive flavors of their Rhône Valley predecessors. Our story is not about a winery alone, but about relationships with inspired growers who believe in our passion and were willing to take risk. Our first Rhône wine came from an old Grenache planting in the Columbia River Gorge. In 1990 we planted Syrah next to the Grenache, ultimately producing the State's first Rhône-style blend, naming it 'Tierra del Sol.' From this site we released our first Syrah from the 1994 vintage in December of 1996, receiving exceptional recognition and reviews. This was the second Syrah ever produced in Washington State. In 1994, Jim Holmes, owner of Ciel du Cheval, planted both Syrah and Viognier. Also that year, we planted Syrah with Dick Boushey at what we now call the 'Grande Côte', with first production in 1997 of the Ciel and Boushey Syrahs as well as the Viognier. When released, the reception of these wines by the trade and media was extremely supportive and scores were very good. Also, the Viognier was a first in the State. In 2000, Jim planted Mourvèdre, Counoise, Roussanne and two additional clones of Syrah. From these vines we released the State's first Counoise and created a new Southern Rhône-style blend named 'Sirocco', comprised of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Counoise. In 2003 he added Grenache. Then in 2004, Dick planted Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul and Cinsault at a site very near the 'Grande Côte.' Most of the cuttings for this vineyard were obtained from Tablas Creek Vineyards whose parent company is Chateau Beaucastle in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The Ciel du Cheval Mourvèdre, Counoise and Roussanne are also Beaucastle stock. A modest beginning with Grenache in 1989 has grown to over two dozen acres of ten Rhône varietals. Since the original plantings, we've now established a fourth wonderful source with Joe Hattrup who owns Elephant Mountain and Sugarloaf Vineyards, located at the western end of the Yakima Valley. From there we source Syrah, Grenache & Mourvèdre and small amounts of Counoise and Cinsault. Championing these grapes has required perseverance and careful site selection to assure their survival in Eastern Washington's cold winters. The State's volcanic, glacial soils, combined with the arid, desert climate provide an ideal setting for complex, fruit-driven wines. We're very proud to be at the forefront of this remarkable adventure. McCrea Cellars is owned and operated by two couples. Doug and Kim McCrea have their home at the winery site with their two sons, Kevin and Kalen. Sales & Marketing Manager Susan Neel lives in West Seattle with her husband Bob who serves as our operations manager and chief engineer. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Kistler 'Mccrea Vyd' Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.00 5
Vintage: 2000 09/22/2008

This opens with an obvious nose of lightly toasted almond, a hint of burnt marshmallow, and candied orange/grapefruit/apricot. In the mouth the wine is direct and brisk and just a touch hot. Lean and restrained by California standards this is a touch diffuse through the midpalate but offers balanced notes of dried apricot, vanilin laced spice, and a touch of minerality that leads to the medium length finish. A very nice wine for near term consumption.


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Snooth User: Terence Pang
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 05/08/2012

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Kistler 'Mccrea Vyd' Chardonnay

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Vintage: 2007 11/23/2010

A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2007 Kistler Chardonnay Athearn Estate McCrea Vineyard 750ml


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Vintage: 2007 09/22/2010

The minerality is evident in virtually all of these wines. It jumps from the glass of the 2007 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard. This cool Sonoma Mountain site offers up notes of tropical fruit, honeysuckle, citrus blossoms, and wet stones. It is full-bodi... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2007 Kistler Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard 750ml


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Vintage: 2006 11/23/2010

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 shoul... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2006 Kistler Chardonnay Athearn Estate McCrea Vineyard 750ml


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Vintage: 2006 12/20/2009

A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2006 Kistler Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard 750ml


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Vintage: 2005 12/20/2010

The 2005 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard exhibits a light green/gold color as well as beautiful aromas of lemon oil, tangerine rind, and subtle wood spices, zesty acidity, full body, superb concentration, ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2005 Kistler Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard 750ml


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Vintage: 2005 03/02/2011

The 2005 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard exhibits a light green/gold color as well as beautiful aromas of lemon oil, tangerine rind, and subtle wood spices, zesty acidity, full body, superb concentration, and stunning length. It should evolve for 7-10 years.


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Vintage: 2005 11/23/2010

Rich, smoky marshmallow, fig, citrus, melon and nutmeg scents that are elegant and understated. The flavors fan out nicely on the finish, ending with a clean, lively finish. Drink now through 2011. 3,635 cases made. -JL Wine Spectator. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2005 Kistler Chardonnay Athearn Estate McCrea Vineyard 750ml


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