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2002 Kistler - Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / CARNEROS
  • 90 WA
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Chardonnay
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SKU: 70523-2002-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($65) Pale-medium yellow. Crushed stone, ginger, iodine, grapefruit and orange zest on the high-pitched nose. Spicy, fine-grained and densely packed, with superb flavor intensity and outstanding lift. Impressively broad but also light on its feet. Very long, unflagging, uncompromisingly dry finish features juicy citrus flavors and minerals. Here's another Kistler chardonnay that could do some major damage in a blind tasting with top white Burgundies.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2005
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    The medium-bodied 2002 Chardonnay Hudson E-Block exhibits notions of lemon peel, tropical fruit (pineapple), and a hint of pear. Like many of the Kistler 2002 Chardonnays, there is a greenish hue to the light straw color. The flavors include a touch of smoke and earth, but this offering finishes short in the mouth. I would not be surprised to see it put on additional weight prior to bottling next year.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Bright citrus on the nose. Flavors are fruit-forward with plenty of oak, buttery mouth-feel. Drinking nicely, overall pleasant wine.
    Drink Dates: 2012
    Author: Smith-Shannon
  • Self | Rating:

    Rich lemon fruit, good acid, slightly bitter apple finish to it. I'm not sure if this will benefit from any further aging, so maybe best to drink up in the next year or so. Probably best with food.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2012
    Author: Tim T
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Some funk on the nose that blows off with a little air. A BIG nose of toasty oak, ripe mango and banana with creme brulee/custard. Creamy mouthfeel with ripe peach and pineapple cake. Acidity carries through with some bitter apple peel on the finish. A broad, concentrated wine that's still showing fairly well.
    Author: AKC
  • Self | Rating: 86

    This chardonnay has held up really well, despite my initial questions about whether or not CA chardonnays have the ability to age. Wet stone and muted citrus on the nose. On the palate ate flavors of citrus, marzipan and lemon. Finish falls slightly short, but nevertheless, pleasant and still quite fresh. I'd drink this now if you have any left in your cellar.
    Author: Andre L593
  • Self | Rating: 88

    With an intense yellow-gold color in the glass, this fully-developed CA Chard displays a mature nose of toast and creme brulee that hangs on to lemon citrus and pineapple fruit. The palate retains freshness and structure with flavors that follow the nose. Overall, this wine is still showing well and pleasant to drink. Drink now!
    Drink Dates: 2011
    Author: Christopher
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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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 295 bottles owned
  • 76 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 88
    (Out of 76 collectors)