2002 Kistler - Chardonnay Dutton Ranch (formerly RRV) 750ml

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2002 Kistler - Chardonnay Dutton Ranch (formerly RRV)
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International Wine Cellar | 90(+?)

($60) Good medium yellow; slightly hazy. Musky aromas of lemon peel, iodine, minerals and charred oak. Velvety-rich and sweet on the palate, but with a light touch. A seamless chardonnay that really dances on the palate, even if it doesn't offer quite the texture or intensity of the best 2002 chardonnays at this address. Finishes tight and youthfully dry, with slightly edgy acidity. This really calls for a couple years of cellaring.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Wine Advocate | 90-91

Readers looking for more Meursault-like, roasted hazelnut, smokiness, tropical fruit and a leesy note to its medium to full-bodied, chunky, richly fruity style should check out the 2002 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch. An elegant example of this cuvee, but still typically California, it will drink well for 3-4 years.

Drink Dates: 2003-2007
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 150

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Score: 90
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/01/2005
Drink Dates: 2006-2008
The seemingly ubiquitous Dutton Ranch has been the source of some fine Kistler Chardonnays over the years. Kistler?s grapes come from 33 year old vines. Light gold colored wine with clean and bright aromas of pear, light spice, and new wood. Good but slightly innocuous California Chardonnay. Much better in the mouth than the nose with attractive but not excessive viscosity and excellent length.
More Vintages and Sizes of Kistler - Chardonnay Dutton Ranch (formerly RRV):

2011 (750ml)
2010 (750ml)
2008 (750ml)
2007 (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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