2002 Kistler - Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94(+?)

($65) Pale-medium yellow. Crushed stone, ginger, iodine, grapefruit and orange zest on the high-pitched nose. Spicy, fine-grained and densely packed, with superb flavor intensity and outstanding lift. Impressively broad but also light on its feet. Very long, unflagging, uncompromisingly dry finish features juicy citrus flavors and minerals. Here's another Kistler chardonnay that could do some major damage in a blind tasting with top white Burgundies.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 89-92

The medium-bodied 2002 Chardonnay Hudson E-Block exhibits notions of lemon peel, tropical fruit (pineapple), and a hint of pear. Like many of the Kistler 2002 Chardonnays, there is a greenish hue to the light straw color. The flavors include a touch of smoke and earth, but this offering finishes short in the mouth. I would not be surprised to see it put on additional weight prior to bottling next year.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 150

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Tim T
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 08/31/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2012
Rich lemon fruit, good acid, slightly bitter apple finish to it. I'm not sure if this will benefit from any further aging, so maybe best to drink up in the next year or so. Probably best with food.

Rating: 90
Author: Smith-Shannon
Tasted On: 08/31/2011
Drink Dates: 2012
Bright citrus on the nose. Flavors are fruit-forward with plenty of oak, buttery mouth-feel. Drinking nicely, overall pleasant wine.

Rating: 88
Author: AKC
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 09/01/2011
Some funk on the nose that blows off with a little air. A BIG nose of toasty oak, ripe mango and banana with creme brulee/custard. Creamy mouthfeel with ripe peach and pineapple cake. Acidity carries through with some bitter apple peel on the finish. A broad, concentrated wine that's still showing fairly well.

Rating: 88
Author: Christopher
Tasted On: 08/31/2011
Drink Dates: 2011
With an intense yellow-gold color in the glass, this fully-developed CA Chard displays a mature nose of toast and creme brulee that hangs on to lemon citrus and pineapple fruit. The palate retains freshness and structure with flavors that follow the nose. Overall, this wine is still showing well and pleasant to drink. Drink now!

Rating: 86
Author: Andre L593
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/07/2011
This chardonnay has held up really well, despite my initial questions about whether or not CA chardonnays have the ability to age. Wet stone and muted citrus on the nose. On the palate ate flavors of citrus, marzipan and lemon. Finish falls slightly short, but nevertheless, pleasant and still quite fresh. I'd drink this now if you have any left in your cellar.

Average rating: 92, based on 7 reviews
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315 bottles owned by 109 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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