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2012 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 95 WA
  • 92 WS
  • Variety
    Chardonnay
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SKU: 52321-2012-750-2C
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Offers a firm, deep core of lemon- and grapefruit-scented green apple and nectarine notes, maintaining a lively, zesty texture and vibrant acidity, ending long and clean.
    Author: James Laube
  • Vinous | Rating: 94

    The 2012 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard is one of the most distinctive Chardonnays in this range. A real sense of vertical structure runs through the wine, conveying an impression of vitality and energy. Orange blossom, mint, apricot pit, lemon oil, white pepper and lightly honeyed notes lead to a super-expressive finish.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The honeysuckle, white currants, quince and wet rock/mineral notes of the crisp yet full-bodied, concentrated 2012 Chardonnay Vine Hill are fresh, lively, exuberant and, at the same time, powerful and elegant. This is a beauty, combining both elegance and depth. It should drink well for 5-7 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Pkaleta
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

  • 375 bottles owned
  • 58 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 58 collectors)