1999 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard 750ml

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WA 94-97   IWC 93(+?)   WS 90   Collector 95
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 94-97

An awesome effort is the 1999 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard. There are 2,000 cases produced from this Russian River vineyard surrounding the Kistler winery. It exhibits tell-tale minerality as well as a gorgeous nose of white fruits, citrus oils, nuts, minerals, smoke, and butter. With fabulous intensity, purity, and an expansive, multi-layered mid-palate, this powerful, impeccably-balanced, restrained Chardonnay unfolds on the palate. This wine will have a long and compelling evolution.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 132

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93(+?)

Pale golden yellow. Orange blossom, tangerine, nuts and a whiff of dried apricot on the nose. Less complex in the mouth than the Hyde bottling but densely packed and strong for this wine, with a lipsmacking sugar/acid balance. The lively acids give the soft citrus flavors terrific verve. Bright and long on the back end.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

A sleek, rich wine that despite its complex core of focused lemon-citrus, earth, tangerine and butterscotch flavors manages to remain elegant and even delicate, turning smoky on the aftertaste. 1,848 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2002-2005
Author: James Laube

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/01/2005
Drink Dates: 2005-2007
Kistler planted this 20-acre vineyard in 1988. Early efforts were quite good but the quality really emerged starting in the mid to late nineties. Medium gold slightly cloudy with a very strong and complex bouquet of butterscotch, kiwi, vanilla, lemon liqueur, orange peel, graphite, stone, and gunflint. Full and rich on the palate with excellent length and high but well integrated acidity.

Average rating: 93, based on 4 reviews
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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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