1999 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard 750ml

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1999 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 93(+?)

Pale golden yellow. Orange blossom, tangerine, nuts and a whiff of dried apricot on the nose. Less complex in the mouth than the Hyde bottling but densely packed and strong for this wine, with a lipsmacking sugar/acid balance. The lively acids give the soft citrus flavors terrific verve. Bright and long on the back end.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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Score: 94
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/01/2005
Drink Dates: 2005-2007
Kistler planted this 20-acre vineyard in 1988. Early efforts were quite good but the quality really emerged starting in the mid to late nineties. Medium gold slightly cloudy with a very strong and complex bouquet of butterscotch, kiwi, vanilla, lemon liqueur, orange peel, graphite, stone, and gunflint. Full and rich on the palate with excellent length and high but well integrated acidity.

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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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