2003 Kistler - Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93+

($65) Medium yellow with a fresh green tinge. Pungent, high-pitched aromas of orange oil, minerals and coconut, lifted by a minty topnote. Highly concentrated, bright and tightly wound, with exhilarating flavors of tangerine, orange pith and minerals. Quite backward, and yet this is more about fruit than the Hyde bottling. Very fresh wine, but not yet expansive.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 90-92

The 2003 Chardonnay Hudson E-Block has crisp acidity and a big, smoky, hazelnut-scented nose with a hint of ripe pear and various tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango. It is a traditional California Chardonnay with the oak well-integrated and the acidity zesty, giving uplifting vibrancy.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 157

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Exotic and smoky, with layers of fig, honeysuckle, citrus and marshmallow flavors that are full-blown and mouthcoating, ending with a smoky campfire aroma. 522 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2006-2008
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 92
Author: Seaway J
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/10/2011
moonbean, minerality, some sweetness not unlike 2001 Trimbach 375 Anniversary. Could use longer finish. quite enjoyable

Average rating: 92, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

319 bottles owned by 135 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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