2006 Kistler - Chardonnay Durell Vineyard 750ml

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2006 Kistler - Chardonnay Durell Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 92(+?)

($75) Green-gold. Finely etched citrus and green apple aromas are impressively pure and incisive. Brisk lemongrass and lime flavors are complicated by dusty minerals and bitter pear skin. The most backward of this set right now, and a bit tough to assess. The finish repeats the citrus and mineral notes and lingers impressively. No way I'd touch this one any time soon.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 144

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Wine Advocate | 94-96

The 2006 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard is dominated by crushed rock and a liquid minerality component, it also possesses notes of lemon oil, brioche, white currants, white peaches, and a lemon custard-like character. Full-bodied with beautiful subtlety, zesty acidity, and a long finish.

Drink Dates: 2001-2014
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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Score: 90
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/22/2012
Score: 90
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/11/2012
Drink Dates:
Score: 92
Author: MondovinoVA
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/30/2010
Drink Dates: 2014-2020
Crisp with loads of minerality. With the golden color one would thing that the oak would show stronger but not the case. Needs a few more years of cellaring.
Score: 92
Author: WineStorm
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/05/2010
Thought this might have lost some zing but it is drinking really nice right now. Citrus and ripe peaches. Very nice chard.

3 of 3 people found this review useful.

Score: 80
Author: PurpleTeeth
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/27/2009
Drink Dates: 2008-2011
Am I missing something? This bottle was flabby with more than a hint of tarry, scorched earth on the finish. Not very delightful, and not up to the quality of the 2004 vintage of this cuvee I consumed earlier this year. This bottle was numbered approx. 10,200 out of 21,000. There's a reason Kistler numbers his bottles - it's to keep track of the bad lots.
More Vintages and Sizes of Kistler - Chardonnay Durell Vineyard:

2008 (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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