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2012 Kistler Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard Athearn Estate

abv 14.1%
  • 94 WA
  • 91 WS
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SKU: 52320-2012-750

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  • Vinous | Rating: 92

    Kistler's 2012 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard is precise, lifted and floral in style. White orchard fruit, flowers, mint and green pears meld together in an open, resonant Chardonnay built on subtlety and raciness. Bright veins of salinity underpin the delicate, expressive finish.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Taut and tart, with a core of grapefruit-infused green apple and melon flavors, showing a pithy citrus skin texture that shows concentration but also a youthful tightness.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The elegance of the 2012 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard is obvious in its crisp, orange blossom, lemon oil, fresh mineral-laced, medium to full-bodied style. The texture is there, the wine has impressive purity, and a hint of orange marmalade follows through in the flavors as well. This is a lovely, delicately oaked, flavorful Chardonnay to drink over the next 4-6 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 95

    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

  • 470 bottles owned
  • 75 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 75 collectors)