2001 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93(+?)

($60) Less bright yellow than the Hudson. Reticent, pure aromas of minerals, menthol and truffle. Concentrated, precise, minerally and tactile, but still tightly wound. Very juicy, dry and sharply delineated chardonnay, finishing quite long and a bit austere. Offers terrific potential. From very poor soils, notes Kistler, who says the structure of this wine resembles that of the McCrea.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Customer Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 95
Author: jrwill
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 07/18/2009
Drink Dates: 2003
A brilliant effort, the 2001 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard is tightly-knit, but full-bodied and powerful, with an oily texture buttressed by considerable acidity. Citrus oil, buttered tropical fruit, mineral, and roasted nut characteristics are present in this gorgeous offering. Full-bodied, pure yet well-structured, this terrific effort will drink well for 5-8 years. Tel. (707) 823-5603; Fax (707) 823-6709

Rating: 87
Author: PurpleTeeth
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/13/2009
Drink Dates: 2004-2009
Extremely concentrated flavors - almost unbearably so. Too extracted and out of balance. Intense meyer lemon flavor overpowers the acidity and mineral elements. This lacks the finesse my last bottle had. It was one of those rare times when I had to dilute the wine with a little water - and when I did, it immediately improved.

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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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