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2005 Kistler - Chardonnay Dutton Ranch (formerly RRV) 750ml
2005 Kistler - Chardonnay Dutton Ranch (formerly RRV)
USA - California - Sonoma - Sonoma Coast
White / Chardonnay
2005 Kistler - Chardonnay Dutton Ranch (formerly RRV)
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds Issue: Issue 138

($70) Yellow-gold. Chalky citrus, quince and apple aromas are complicated by smoky lees, minerals and lemon pith. Bracing lime and pink grapefruit flavors gain weight with air, taking a turn to orange and tangerine. A firm, light-bodied chardonnay that offers intensity without excess weight, finishing with tangy mineral grip and great persistence. "On this soil, which is low in clay, this Wente clone is all about minerals," noted Kistler.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 168

More weight and power along with notes of roasted hazelnuts, peach, and smoky, almost clarified butter smells emerge from the 2005 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch. More extroverted and exuberant than the McCrea cuvee, it is an unusually elegant effort (because the acids are crisp and refreshing) that should drink beautifully for 7-8 years. Kistler Vineyards, undeniably one of the world's finest winemaking estates, is run with passionate dedication to detail and quality by Steve Kistler and Mark Bixler. It is wines like these that keep an old critic like me inspired and energized.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Smells rich and smoky, with exotic fig and cut apple scents followed by a raw woody character on the palate. Best to cellar short term, which should allow the wood to flesh out.

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Community Reviews


Anonymous Author Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 08/11/2013 Drink Dates: 2007-2014

As always, amazing. Color is getting more golden. A vibrant, tropical fruit with hints of sugar candy linger in the mouth well after swallowing the wine. The aromas are still strong and sweet. Enjoy now while the CA profile is still showing


RDV Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 01/06/2013


Jam02110 Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 12/31/2010


Gregory H928 Tasted On: 05/23/2009 Drink Dates: 2006-2009

Took a while to open up. Little harsh to be honest but flavors and oak finally came out.


Serl Z Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 09/24/2008 Drink Dates: 2006-2015

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