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2014 Kistler - Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / CARNEROS
abv 14.3%
  • 94 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 18 JR
  • Variety
    Chardonnay
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SKU: 70523-2014
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Kistler have been buying fruit from this other famous Carneros vineyard since 1994, as from Hyde. 12,660 bottles filled. A perceptibly green note to the gold. Even richer on the nose than the Hyde 2014 bottling with a sumptuous ripe melon aroma. Broad and vibrant but a little more tightly laced up on the finish than the Hyde. A floral topnote. Really rich, almost sweet on the palate but no alcoholic heat on the finish - just the lightest of hints of cappuccino. A mouthful of pleasure for those who revel in the best-balanced California Chardonnays in traditional style. Long.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Vinous | Rating: 97

    One of the clear highlights today, the 2014 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard is simply magnificent. Striking aromatics make a strong first impression. Yellow orchard fruit, mint and white pepper are all finely knit in this wonderfully nuanced, expressive Chardonnay, with a subtle underlying vein of reduction that adds the closing shade of nuance.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The 2014 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard has a full-on expressive nose of candied ginger, brioche and honey-drizzled peaches with a waft of orange blossoms. Full-bodied, rich and already strutting its stuff, it has a refreshing line of acidity and wonderful length with some minerals coming through.
    Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Very tight and well-built, with a firm backbone of toasty oak framing the taut citrus, green apple and nectarine flavors. Vibrant and persistent, ending with a return of the oak elements. Drink now through 2021. 1,055 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 93

    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

  • 325 bottles owned
  • 52 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 52 collectors)