2002 Kistler - Chardonnay Dutton Ranch (formerly RRV) 750ml

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WA 90-91   IWC 90(+?)   Collector 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 90-91

Readers looking for more Meursault-like, roasted hazelnut, smokiness, tropical fruit and a leesy note to its medium to full-bodied, chunky, richly fruity style should check out the 2002 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch. An elegant example of this cuvee, but still typically California, it will drink well for 3-4 years.

Drink Dates: 2003-2007
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 150

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90(+?)

($60) Good medium yellow; slightly hazy. Musky aromas of lemon peel, iodine, minerals and charred oak. Velvety-rich and sweet on the palate, but with a light touch. A seamless chardonnay that really dances on the palate, even if it doesn't offer quite the texture or intensity of the best 2002 chardonnays at this address. Finishes tight and youthfully dry, with slightly edgy acidity. This really calls for a couple years of cellaring.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 90
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/01/2005
Drink Dates: 2006-2008
The seemingly ubiquitous Dutton Ranch has been the source of some fine Kistler Chardonnays over the years. Kistler?s grapes come from 33 year old vines. Light gold colored wine with clean and bright aromas of pear, light spice, and new wood. Good but slightly innocuous California Chardonnay. Much better in the mouth than the nose with attractive but not excessive viscosity and excellent length.

Average rating: 90, based on 3 reviews
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830 bottles owned by 178 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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