Robert Parker 97
The 2019 Chardonnay CuvAce Cathleen takes time to open up to delicate wafts of white lilac, Meyer lemon, quince peel and sea spray, with hints of beeswax and almonds. The palate offers incredible tension between surprisingly generous fruits and tangy, salty lift. Its expansive, honey-laced flavors linger for an extraordinarily long finish. Wow! It deserves another 2-3 years in bottle at least.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2031
Jeb Dunnuck 98
Meyer lemons, incredible crushed stone-like minerality, nectarines, wood smoke, and grilled bread are all some of the nuances emerging from the 2019 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard Cuvee Cathleen, a rich, deep, concentrated Chardonnay that also possesses bright, crisp acidity. This cuvee always brings the richness and opulence in the lineup, yet it still has a liqueur of rocks-like sensation on the palate and finish. It’s up-front and loaded with fruit, and certainly offers pleasure, but give this a year or two of bottle age. It will shine for a solid decade.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2032