1998 Kistler - Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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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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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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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