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2000 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard 750ml
2000 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard
USA - California - Sonoma - Russian River Valley
White / Chardonnay
2000 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard
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Professional Reviews

IWC
91(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 108

($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.

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WA
91

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 142

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.

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WS
92

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

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.

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Community Reviews

91

Kenneth A344 Trust Rating: 90 Tasted On: 09/25/2008

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