1999 Kistler - Chardonnay Durell Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

The astonishing 1999 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard tastes like a grand cru Chevalier-Montrachet or premier cru Meursault-Perrieres given its liquid minerality, and extraordinary nose of honeysuckle/tropical fruits. It is full-bodied, with exceptional delineation for a wine of such size. This extraordinary Chardonnay marries unbridled power and richness with uncanny elegance and precision. This is a Chardonnay of great stature as well as majesty. It should drink well for 7-8 years.

Drink Dates: 2002-2010
Author: Robert Parker


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

Pale yellow color. Sulfidey aromas of dried fruits and minerals. Very ripe, dense and chewy; a wine of terrific richness and sweetness of fruit, nicely framed by firm underlying minerality. Very long on the aftertaste.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Young, intense and tightly wound, with vibrant pear, citrus, anise and cedary oak flavors, picking up touches of vanilla and lemon on the long, complex finish. 1,845 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2002-2006
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Lulu SF
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/01/2011

Rating: 75
Author: Tbone200
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/04/2010
Gone. Waited too long. Undrinkable.

Average rating: 94, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

301 bottles owned by 90 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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