1997 Kistler - Chardonnay Dutton Ranch (formerly RRV) 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 93-95

The flamboyant, Burgundian-styled 1997 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch displays a roasted hazelnut, sweet, rich, tropical fruit-scented nose, full body, and laser-like clarity to its component parts. Rich and intense, it is similar to a tightly-knit Burgundian grand cru. With less minerality yet more of the smoky, leesy, roasted nut characteristics, this wine combines abundant tropical fruit and honeyed citrus. It should be delicious upon release, and keep for 5-7 years.

Drink Dates: 1998-2005
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 120

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

High-pitched, complex nose combines dried fruits, lemon, light sulfides, tropical hints and menthol. Sweet, lush and broad; initially came across as a bit disjointed but became more harmonious as it opened in the glass. Really superb depth of fruit here.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 90

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Big, ripe and full-bodied, with layers of concentrated fig, citrus, melon, anise and custard. Turns silky and toasty, with a long finish. 1,868 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2000-2005
Author: James Laube


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Average rating: 93, based on 3 reviews
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145 bottles owned by 46 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.

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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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