1999 Kistler - Chardonnay Dutton Ranch (formerly RRV) 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

Slightly hazy appearance and bit more yellow than the McCrea. Richer, more perfumed aromas of orange blossom, nuts, spices and dried fruits. Concentrated, dense and suave, with lively balancing acidity and floral lift. Kistler describes this wine as "one of our softer '99s." Finishes with very good length. A strong note of coconut lingers in the empty glass.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 90-91

The soft 1999 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch (2,000 cases) is made in a typical California style. Orange marmalade, pineapple, and mango aromas and flavors are apparent in this full-bodied, rich, smoky Chardonnay. While exceptional, it lacks the minerality and definition of Kistler's other offerings.

Drink Dates: 2000-2006
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 132

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Rich and intense, with complex layers of fig, anise, apricot and sage, packing in lots of flavor while maintaining a sense of elegance and grace.

Drink Dates: 2002-2006
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: Jim W NYC
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 02/09/2010
Drink Dates:
Drinkgs great. Still all there...

Average rating: 91, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

257 bottles owned by 81 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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