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2006 Kistler - Chardonnay Durell Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 96 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Chardonnay
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SKU: 52313-2006-750-2B
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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: May/June 2009
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Intense and full-bodied, with a fresh, vibrant, supple core of spicy apple, honeysuckle and citrus flavors that are well-balanced, clean and pure. Drink now through 2013. 1,810 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drink Dates: 2011-2015
    Author: Kwak Tae young
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Edward O88
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Jam02110
  • Self | Rating: 80

    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.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2011
    Author: PurpleTeeth
  • Self | Rating: 92

    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.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2020
    Author: MondovinoVA
  • Self | Rating: 92

    i could pay $30 for chard like this---rip off at $75
    Author: MJM
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Nice minerality with lemon highlights. Long finish. An excellent chardonnay, highly recommended.
    Author: Matt Olson
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Thought this might have lost some zing but it is drinking really nice right now. Citrus and ripe peaches. Very nice chard.
    Author: WineStorm
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

  • 1090 bottles owned
  • 179 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 179 collectors)