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2004 Kistler Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / CARNEROS
abv 14.1%
  • 94 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Chardonnay

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SKU: 70523-2004-750

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$99.95

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($65) Light gold. Expansive, highly complex aromas of orange, pear, quince, sweet butter, marzipan and iodine reminded me of a really great Meursault. Intense spice- and mineral-accented citrus flavors, with an exotic beeswax note adding depth. Focused and pure on the finish, which has outstanding concentration and length. The only thing that could chase this off my palate was the next wine.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2007
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Smoky, toasty aromas pick up rich citrus, pear and apple flavors on the palate in a tight, sharply focused manner, with the fruit and oak fanning out on the finish. Drink now. 915 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The light gold-hued 2004 Chardonnay Hudson E-Block (500 cases from the famed E-Block made famous by Helen Turley) possesses lively acidity, gorgeous depth as well as richness, and a full-bodied, smoky, tropical fruit-filled (especially pineapple) personality. The wood component is well-integrated, and the alcohol content is 14.5%. For Steve Kistler and his longtime assistant, Mark Bixler, 2004 was a very small crop, even smaller than the modest production of 2003. This is a reference point winery for New World Chardonnay, although their viticultural and winemaking techniques are decidedly Burgundian. Interestingly, during the last year I have had an opportunity to taste some ten year old Kistler Chardonnays, and they have aged well in the bottle. While a decade is not long when compared with some long-lived white Burgundies, by the standards of most California Chardonnays, which are generally best consumed during their first 1-3 years of life, the Kistler techniques of whole cluster pressing, slow malolactic fermentation, aging on their lees in high quality French oak, and bottling without fining or filtration appear to be producing longer lived Chardonnays. Kistler has enjoyed a run of terrific vintages in the new century. Moreover, they seem to be ratcheting up their performance in terms of the quality and complexity of their Pinot Noirs. (Release date 3/07)
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: PJ Haveron
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Rodney M
  • Self | Rating: 4

    Drink Dates: 2010-2014
    Author: will1408
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Dark straw to gold. Dried figs, vanilla, pineapple, caramel, apple, and pineapple on the nose. Totally elegant structure - Kistler chards always show better with a bit of age - the wine slinks along the palate and bursts into a thick and lustery finish.
    Drink Dates: 2007-2012
    Author: JMC22
  • Self | Rating: 93

    lots of oak, minerals, and butter on the nose. golden and pale green color. medium finish.
    Author: Michael P28
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

  • 535 bottles owned
  • 139 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 139 collectors)