2000 Kistler - Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($65) Bright lemon-yellow color. Deep, ripe aromas of spring flowers, clove oil and mint, with subtle hints of stone fruits. Fat, round and supple, with wonderfully sweet, seductive flavors of lemon cream, flowers and spices. Subtle, classy and mouthfilling. Then explosively rich and strong on the long, building finish.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 108

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Wonderful focus on ripe, structured pear, pineapple and earthy citrus flavors, which unfold gracefully to reveal subtle flavor and textural nuances. Oak plays a small role, giving the wine a flash of smoke and toast. Lovely aftertaste. 1,853 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2003-2007
Author: James Laube


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

The tightly-knit 2000 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard (1,800 cases) is reminiscent of a grand cru Puligny-Montrachet. Lemony honeyed grapefruit, orange rind, and buttered citrus aromas are accompanied by subtle notions of liquid stones, roasted almonds, and a long, medium to full-bodied finish with refreshing levels of acidity. As with all of the Kistler Chardonnays, it is elegant, restrained, nuanced, yet intensely flavorful.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 142

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5

Dark gold, almost tawny, Very spicy and rich on the nose but the nose freshened up in the glass. Tasted much fresher and fruitier than it looked (low sulphur dose?) Rich ripe fruit fading and sufficient acidity to keep it refreshing.

Drink Dates: 2003-2008
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Average rating: 91, based on 4 reviews
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393 bottles owned by 114 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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