2006 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard 750ml

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2006 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 94

($75) Bright gold. Flamboyantly perfumed bouquet of pear, blood orange, smoky minerals, saffron and yellow rose, with a suave overlay of oak spice. Completely stains the palate with deeply concentrated citrus and orchard fruit flavors, gaining an exotic licorice quality with air. Fleshy but focused, with excellent finishing clarity and mineral thrust. For a big boy, this is surprisingly lithe.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 144

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Wine Advocate | 93-96

Light gold with a greenish hue, the 2006 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard exhibits aromas and flavors of lemon oil, peaches, nectarines, guava, and caramelized spices with a subtle wood component. Full-bodied with crisp acidity as well as a long finish, it should offer lovely drinking for 7-8 years.

Drink Dates: 2007-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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Wine Spectator | 94

Intense, trim and delicate, with a subtle, tightly knit beam of rich fig, apricot, melon and spicy hazelnut flavors that build and gain depth on the finish.

Drink Dates: 2009-2012
Author: James Laube


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Score: 95
Author: gjsantoro
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 02/15/2014
Score: 96
Author: againc
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/06/2011
Drink Dates: 2010-2012
Score: 90
Author: ebgreenb
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/25/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2011
Smoky and oaky without much aroma now. Probably best to drink now as it tastes like the fruit has already seen better days. Tastes like papaya. Not unpleasant, but not very exciting.
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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