2002 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard 750ml

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2002 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard

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International Wine Cellar | 93

($65) Bright, pale medium yellow. Captivating nose combines grapefruit, underripe pineapple, crushed stone and musky baking spices. Then rich and lush yet sharply delineated on the palate, with very dry flavors of pineapple, spices and stone. A very rich chardonnay that's still a bit youthfully subdued. Finishes long, ripe and dry, with a flavor of dusty stone.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Wine Advocate | 92-95

A spectacular offering, the 2002 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard (adjacent to the Kistler winery) tastes like a California version of a great Batard-Montrachet. This dense, rich, layered, multidimensional Chardonnay builds incrementally in the mouth to reveal leesy notes intermixed with liquid minerals, lemon rind, citrus oils, and orange marmalade. Like its siblings, it reveals subtle oak notes along with great purity, tremendous palate presence, full body, and a majestic style. However, patience will be required.

Drink Dates: 2005-2012
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 150

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Score: 95
Author: Rodney M
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 12/06/2012

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Score: 93
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 03/13/2011
Score: 93
Author: JMC22
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/09/2009
Drink Dates: 2006-2010
Creamed corn and tropical fruit on the nose. Irreplaceable acid holds it together. Really awesome wine.
More Vintages and Sizes of Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard:

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2010 (750ml)
2008 (750ml)
2007 (750ml)

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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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