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2006 Kistler - Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard

  • 98 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 94 IWC
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SKU: 52315-2006-750-2C
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($80) Deep, hazy yellow. Brooding aromas of peach pit, pear skin, lees and minerals gain brightness with air, picking up livelier lime and lemongrass character. Densely packed orchard and pit fruit flavors are complicated by iodine, smoky lees and flowers. This has the texture and chewiness of a red wine. The finish strongly repeats the mineral element and lingers with impressive clarity and tanginess. For such a rich wine there's really surprising finesse too. The yield here was less than one ton per acre, Kistler told me.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2009
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    A touch of mint joins ripe, rich, complex green apple and pear flavors in this full-bodied, complex youngster, retuning to the minty note on the finish.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    The 2006 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard's light gold hue is followed by a flowery, honeysuckle, crushed rock, white currant, nectarine, and caramel-scented bouquet. This full-bodied effort possesses superb acidity as well as length.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Another fantastic bottle - with thanksgiving dinner this wine showed vibrant crisp acidity and excellent integration of oak. 3-5 years of cellaring necessary, will drink another 5-10.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2023
    Author: MondovinoVA
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Still very good.
    Author: Jam02110
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

  • 1015 bottles owned
  • 160 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 160 collectors)