1998 Kistler - Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard 750ml

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WA 94-96   WS 92   IWC 91(+?)  
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94-96

The rich and wonderful 1998 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard, made from a vineyard planted with the Mount Eden clone, is extremely full-bodied, with striking purity, and powerful, concentrated, honeyed flavors with nuances of butter, smoke, roasted nuts, and minerals. The creamy texture is buttressed by good acidity. Toast, gravel, and slate-like richness intermixed with fruit make this a compelling, intensely flavored Chardonnay. It should drink well for 5-7 years, perhaps longer. (release date 3/01)

Drink Dates: 2000-2007


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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Lots of spicy, oaky, exotic tropical fruit aromas leading to an equally rich and concentrated wine, loaded with fig, pear, hazelnut and anise flavors, turning complex. 545 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2001-2005
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91(+?)

Brooding aromas of hazelnut, fig, caraway seed and roasted nuts; hinted at dried fruits with aeration. Quite powerful and chewy, with flavors of soft citrus fruits. Very unevolved today; the only one of these '98 chardonnays showing its alcohol at the moment.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 96

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Average rating: 93, based on 3 reviews
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80 bottles owned by 40 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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