2000 Kistler - Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

($65) Medium bright yellow. Knockout nose combines soft citrus scents, lemon, mint, iodine, white flowers and minerals; as Burgundian as California chardonnay gets. Broad on entry, then wonderfully complex and structured; a real mouthful of lemon, hazelnut and stone. Not as extroverted as some recent vintages of this wine, and less sweet and showy today than the Hyde. But this powerful, very dry chardonnay offers great purity and subtle length.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 108

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

The 2000 Chardonnay Hudson E-Block reveals a greenish hue to the light straw color, along with crisp acids, superb candied lemon and orange-like notes, less minerality, but full-bodied, smoky, earthy, tropical fruit flavors, and high levels of acidity. There are 500 cases of this prodigious effort.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 142

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

Smoke, yeast and roasted grain aromas, with firm, tart lemon, citrus, mineral and green pear flavors tightly woven together. Deeply concentrated, it definitely needs time in the bottle. 528 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2004-2008
Author: James Laube

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Average rating: 93, based on 3 reviews
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152 bottles owned by 82 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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