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2005 Kistler - Chardonnay Dutton Ranch (formerly RRV)

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 96 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Chardonnay
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SKU: 52314-2005-750-2A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($70) Yellow-gold. Chalky citrus, quince and apple aromas are complicated by smoky lees, minerals and lemon pith. Bracing lime and pink grapefruit flavors gain weight with air, taking a turn to orange and tangerine. A firm, light-bodied chardonnay that offers intensity without excess weight, finishing with tangy mineral grip and great persistence. |On this soil, which is low in clay, this Wente clone is all about minerals,| noted Kistler.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    More weight and power along with notes of roasted hazelnuts, peach, and smoky, almost clarified butter smells emerge from the 2005 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch. More extroverted and exuberant than the McCrea cuvee, it is an unusually elegant effort (because the acids are crisp and refreshing) that should drink beautifully for 7-8 years. Kistler Vineyards, undeniably one of the world's finest winemaking estates, is run with passionate dedication to detail and quality by Steve Kistler and Mark Bixler. It is wines like these that keep an old critic like me inspired and energized.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Smells rich and smoky, with exotic fig and cut apple scents followed by a raw woody character on the palate. Best to cellar short term, which should allow the wood to flesh out.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: RDV
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Jam02110
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Drink Dates: 2006-2015
    Author: Serl Z
  • Anonymous | Rating: 95

    As always, amazing. Color is getting more golden. A vibrant, tropical fruit with hints of sugar candy linger in the mouth well after swallowing the wine. The aromas are still strong and sweet. Enjoy now while the CA profile is still showing
    Drink Dates: 2007-2014
    Author: Khaled H
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Took a while to open up. Little harsh to be honest but flavors and oak finally came out.
    Drink Dates: 2006-2009
    Author: Gregory H928
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

  • 1936 bottles owned
  • 258 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 258 collectors)