2000 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard 750ml

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2000 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 91(+?)

($60) Bright, pale color. Tightly wound but pure aromas of lemon, flowers, mint, toasted grain, iodine and nutmeg. Round and seamless but with firm underlying structure; taut, classy, stony chardonnay, a step up in intensity and length from the Dutton.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 108

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Wine Advocate | 91

The 1,800-case cuvee of 2000 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard is long and textured. Along with its liquid minerality, it possesses orange marmalade/tangerine, citrus oil, white fruit, and subtle wood notes. The wine is medium to full-bodied and admirably perfumed. This is a stunning Chardonnay to enjoy over the next 7-8 years.

Steve Kistler and his sidekick, Mark Bixler, feel that the key to making top quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in 2000 (an extremely cold year with higher acids) was patience. Some years the flavors come early, and in other years they are much later.

It is not surprising that their 2000 Chardonnays could easily pass as grand cru white Burgundies, as that has been the case here for over a decade. These offerings possess incredible liquid minerality, great structure, and phenomenal purity. At the same time, their wines respect their individual vineyard sites. All are put through full, slow malolactics, then racked off into the settling tanks, and bottled without filtration. Nothing is ever done in a hurry. Over the last decade, I have been assessing their aging potential. It appears they hit their peak in 3-5 years, where they remain for 8-9 years before beginning to decline. While that is not lengthy by the standards of many white Burgundies, it is extremely long-lived for California Chardonnay. The wines will last longer, but ageability should be measured by the ability of a wine to improve, not just survive.

Drink Dates: 2002-2010
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 142

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Wine Spectator | 92

Lots of complexity, depth and richness, built around a tight, concentrated core of anise, pear, fig and earthy citrus. Holds its tight focus on a long flavorful finish. 1,848 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2003-2006
Author: James Laube


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Score: 91
Author: Kenneth A344
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 09/25/2008
More Vintages and Sizes of Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard:

2008 (750ml)
2007 (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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