2001 Kistler - Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

The 2001 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard is a tightly-knit offering. Light gold-colored with considerable glycerin and power, it exhibits a liquid minerality, and a big, rich, textured style with huge concentration. Most of the wine's character is at the back of the palate. This offering reminds me of a Batard-Montrachet from the likes of Louis Latour. With extraordinary length, richness, precision, and purity, this sensational Chardonnay will drink well for 6-8 years.

Drink Dates: 2003-2011
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 150

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94(+?)?

($65) Rich yellow color. Rather full-blown, expressive aromas of peach, apricot, minerals, licorice and mint. Fat with peachy fruit and complicated by notes of white flowers and vanillin oak. A sweet, pliant fruit bomb with less of the mineral and sulfidey character shown by some of the other Kistler 2001s. And yet this is still rather unevolved; a few years in bottle should bring even more complexity. Very long on the aftertaste.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating:
Author: Chez Fisher
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/12/2010
Drink Dates:
Just fine but getting old.

Rating: 95
Author: jrwill
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 07/18/2009
Drink Dates: 2003
The 2001 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard is a tightly-knit offering. Light gold-colored with considerable glycerin and power, it exhibits a liquid minerality, and a big, rich, textured style with huge concentration. Most of the wine’s character is at the back of the palate. This offering reminds me of a Batard-Montrachet from the likes of Louis Latour. With extraordinary length, richness, precision, and purity, this sensational Chardonnay will drink well for 6-8 years. Tel. (707) 823-5603; Fax (707) 823-6709

Rating: 92
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/01/2004
Drink Dates: 2006-2009
Slightly cloudy light to medium gold colored wine. A taut nose of lemon, oak, light vanilla spice, and flint. On the palate, the wine shows slightly excessive heat and elevated "chalky" acidity. Good length on the finish, this wine needs time to unwind.

Rating: 92
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/29/2011

Average rating: 95, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

303 bottles owned by 128 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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