2003 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard 750ml

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2003 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 93(+?)

($65) Medium yellow-green. Complex nose melds lime, pineapple, crushed stone and menthol. Smooth, fresh and fruity, with a captivating sugar/acid balance and terrific snap. Very young and densely packed chardonnay, with complex notes of apricot, citrus zest and nut oil. Offers terrific life in the mouth. This has the structure of a top white Burgundy. Like the Hudson bottling, this wine may ultimately merit an even higher score. "Both Hyde and Hudson are a little less dramatic in their youth in 2003 than in 2002, which is a good thing," notes Kistler.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | 96-98

From the vineyard surrounding the winery, the 2003 Chardonnay Vine Hill looks to be one of the candidates for the Chardonnay of the vintage. Truly profound stuff, with a stunning nose of tangerines, orange marmalade, and lemon custard, this layered, full-bodied wine has superb purity, striking minerality, and builds incrementally in the mouth, finishing with rather high-toned flavors that are buttressed by good, crisp acidity. It is a prodigious Chardonnay and comes across like a California version of Chevalier-Montrachet. This wine is young and unevolved, and I suspect it will hit its prime in 1-3 years and last for up to a decade.

Drink Dates: 2006-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 157

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Wine Spectator | 90

Intense and marked by rich, smoky hazelnut flavors from oak, with baked pear and earthy fig flavors that pick up a cedary oak edge on the finish. Drink now. 2,742 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2006+
Author: James Laube


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Score:
Author: Michael N594
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 07/03/2012
Drink Dates:
Excellent!
Score: 93
Author: Seaway J
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/27/2012
ripe style, with mineral, it came around after 1 hour and left a great long finish, cannot dismiss Kistler Chard even though it is riper
Score: 94
Author: RickF
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 12/26/2011
Score: 92
Author: Scooter
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/24/2011
Still good and drinking well. More California style than Burgundian....
Score: 96
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 08/15/2010
Big mouth feel and strong lemon notes. Some tasters got marmalade. Still plenty of acid and long finish
More Vintages and Sizes of Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard:

2010 (750ml)
2008 (750ml)
2007 (750ml)
2002 (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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