2001 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

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.

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

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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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Collector 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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Average rating: 92, based on 4 reviews
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856 bottles owned by 202 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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