2005 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard 750ml

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2005 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 92

($75) Bright gold. Vibrant, densely fruity aromas of melon, peach and yellow apple. Fresher citrus and Anjou pear flavors offer impressive depth and energy, picking up dusty minerals with air. Finishes with excellent lift and a lingering echo of orchard fruits. Much more fruit-dominated than Kistler's other chardonnays this year.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | 94-96

A crisp, elegant yet powerful, mineral-dominated effort, the 2005 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard is reticent at present, exhibiting scents of lemon oil, white currants, peaches, and orange rind. With striking intensity, great elegance, richness, precision, and delineation, this beautiful Chardonnay brought to mind a top-notch French Corton-Charlemagne.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 168

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Wine Spectator | 93

Aromatically complex, with a mix of ripe pear, fig, citrus and hazelnut flavors that are tightly focused, with lively acidity, excellent depth and balance and a long, lingering finish that keeps repeating the fruit and oak themes. 3,645 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008-2011
Author: James Laube


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Score: 90
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/29/2012
Drink Dates:
Score: 93
Author: gotwine
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 04/03/2011
Score: 95
Author: Mike N296
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 01/07/2011
Site Blog: Foodie Confidential Deep yellow/golden color. Nose: Orange, vanilla Palate: Orange creamsicle, chestnuts,oak Full bodied.
Score: 93
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/31/2010
Score: 75
Author: sm122097
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/26/2010
More Vintages and Sizes of Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard:

2011 (750ml)
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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