1997 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard 750ml

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1997 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 92

Slightly hazy color. Complex, soil-inflected aromas of roasted grain, iodine, peat, pear skin and spring flowers. Very rich and concentrated; dense and deep but spicy and focused. This has a supple, airy texture I associate with the best ripe-year white Burgundies. Quite concentrated and tactile. Finishes with palate-staining length.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 90

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Wine Advocate | 91-92

The 1997 Chardonnay Vine Hill Road Vineyard (from both Hyde and Dijon Burgundy clones) is a more restrained wine with noticeably higher acidity. It reveals suggestions of cold steel, wet stones, and that liquid minerality found in certain Chardonnays. Medium to full-bodied, with excellent depth, and more austerity and backwardness than its siblings, it will benefit from another year of cellaring, and keep for 6-7 years.

Drink Dates: 1998-2005
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 120

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Wine Spectator | 91

Deep, rich and smoky, with layers of ripe fig, lemon, custard and melon. Long, intricate aftertaste. 1,874 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2000-2005
Author: James Laube

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Score: 92
Author: WineDoc
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/17/2013
Remarkably well preserved, pale gold with clearing at the edges. Initial nutty, toasted brioche and grain, cut straw, evolves to creamy citrus fruit, mixed with honeyed apricot, a hint of smoke, surrounding a mineral core. Medium to long finish. Superb balance.
More Vintages and Sizes of Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard:

2008 (750ml)
2007 (750ml)

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