2004 Kistler - Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard 750ml

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2004 Kistler - Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard
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Reviews For This Wine


 
International Wine Cellar | 93

($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.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 132

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Wine Advocate | 92-94

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)

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 162

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Wine Spectator | 92

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.

Drink Dates: 2007+
Author: James Laube


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Score: 92
Author: PJ Haveron
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/25/2010
Score: 93
Author: 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.
Score: 93
Author: Michael P28
Tasted On: 11/29/2007
lots of oak, minerals, and butter on the nose. golden and pale green color. medium finish.
More Vintages and Sizes of Kistler - Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard:

2012 (750ml)
2011 (750ml)
2009 (750ml)
2008 (750ml)
2005 (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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