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2004 Kistler - Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard 750ml
2004 Kistler - Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard
USA - California - Carneros - Carneros/Napa
White / Chardonnay
2004 Kistler - Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds Issue: Issue 132

($65) Light gold. Expansive, highly complex aromas of orange, pear, quince, sweet butter, marzipan and iodine reminded me of a really great Meursault. Intense spice- and mineral-accented citrus flavors, with an exotic beeswax note adding depth. Focused and pure on the finish, which has outstanding concentration and length. The only thing that could chase this off my palate was the next wine.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 162

The light gold-hued 2004 Chardonnay Hudson E-Block (500 cases from the famed E-Block made famous by Helen Turley) possesses lively acidity, gorgeous depth as well as richness, and a full-bodied, smoky, tropical fruit-filled (especially pineapple) personality. The wood component is well-integrated, and the alcohol content is 14.5%. For Steve Kistler and his longtime assistant, Mark Bixler, 2004 was a very small crop, even smaller than the modest production of 2003. This is a reference point winery for New World Chardonnay, although their viticultural and winemaking techniques are decidedly Burgundian. Interestingly, during the last year I have had an opportunity to taste some ten year old Kistler Chardonnays, and they have aged well in the bottle. While a decade is not long when compared with some long-lived white Burgundies, by the standards of most California Chardonnays, which are generally best consumed during their first 1-3 years of life, the Kistler techniques of whole cluster pressing, slow malolactic fermentation, aging on their lees in high quality French oak, and bottling without fining or filtration appear to be producing longer lived Chardonnays. Kistler has enjoyed a run of terrific vintages in the new century. Moreover, they seem to be ratcheting up their performance in terms of the quality and complexity of their Pinot Noirs. (Release date 3/07)

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Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Smoky, toasty aromas pick up rich citrus, pear and apple flavors on the palate in a tight, sharply focused manner, with the fruit and oak fanning out on the finish. Drink now. 915 cases made.

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Community Reviews


PJ Haveron Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 11/25/2010


JMC22 Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 04/08/2009 Drink Dates: 2007-2012

Dark straw to gold. Dried figs, vanilla, pineapple, caramel, apple, and pineapple on the nose. Totally elegant structure - Kistler chards always show better with a bit of age - the wine slinks along the palate and bursts into a thick and lustery finish.


Michael P28 Tasted On: 11/29/2007

lots of oak, minerals, and butter on the nose. golden and pale green color. medium finish.

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