1995 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

A crisp and lively Chardonnay with a rich, concentrated, tightly wound band of nectarine, pear, citrus and spice. Gains momentum on the palate, and finishes with a wonderful display of fruit and oak complexity. 2,782 cases made.

Drink Dates: 1999-2006
Author: James Laube


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

Because of the release program employed by Kistler, the 1995 Chardonnays are now coming on the market. My scores of those wines are as follows: 1995 Chardonnay Vine Hill Road Vineyard (93).

Drink Dates: 1996-2006
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 114

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89+

Aromas of lemon zest, smoke and caraway seed. Intensely flavored but very tightly wound and backward today. Dense on the palate, with minerally notes of pineapple and grapefruit. Strong acidity gives this serious chardonnay a slightly hard edge. I expect this wine to merit a 90-plus rating after a couple more years in bottle.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 78

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Average rating: 92, based on 3 reviews
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156 bottles owned by 35 collectors.

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About This Producer


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.

See other similar producers: Flowers Vineyard and Winery, Aubert, Littorai

Wine Varietal: Chardonnay


Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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