1995 Kistler - Chardonnay Dutton Ranch (formerly RRV) 750ml

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1995 Kistler - Chardonnay Dutton Ranch (formerly RRV)
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International Wine Cellar | 88(+?)

Smoky nose is slightly dulled by SO2 A bit bony in the mouth, with rather tart acidity currently dominating the fruit. This filled in nicely with aeration, but I still don't get the sweetness or delineation I normally find in this wine.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 78

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Wine Advocate | 93

Because of the release program employed by Kistler, the 1995 Chardonnays are now coming on the market. My scores of those wines are as follows: 1995 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch (93). Readers should recognize that Kistler's policy is to sell most of their production directly to consumers and restaurants. Readers who live in states that permit direct shipment of California wines should be sure and get on the winery's mailing list.

Drink Dates: 1996-2001
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 114

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Wine Spectator | 91

A smoky, earthy style that's a bit heavy-handed, but the core of fruit is intense and concentrated, with rich fig, pear, anise, hazelnut and cedary oak.

Drink Dates: 1999-2004
Author: James Laube


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More Vintages and Sizes of Kistler - Chardonnay Dutton Ranch (formerly RRV):

2008 (750ml)
2007 (750ml)
2005 (750ml)

About This Producer


Kistler Vineyards is a small family-owned winery located in the Russian River Valley specializing in Burgundian style Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Since its first vintage in 1979, the winery has grown in size to produce 25,000 cases per year. Steve Kistler and Mark Bixler share the winemaking responsibilities, while Mark also acts as chemist and business manager. The winery, completed in 1992, is located on their Vine Hill Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Kistler's fruit is sourced from various vineyards across Napa and Sonoma counties. Kistler Vineyards' wines are released semi-annually and almost exclusively to its mailing list.

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