2003 Kistler - Chardonnay Dutton Ranch (formerly RRV) 750ml

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WA 92-94   IWC 92   Collector 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 92-94

Why is it that I always find buttery popcorn, tropical fruit, creme caramel, and almost roasted hazelnuts in the Chardonnays from the Dutton Ranch? The 2003 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch has that and a lot more fruit than is typical. Perhaps the low yields from a vineyard that is known for relatively abundant crops have produced a bit more intensity than usual. This is in-your-face Chardonnay that is not the most subtle wine by any means but Meursault premier cru-like, ripe and heady. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.

Drink Dates: 2005-2009
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 157

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($60) Medium yellow. Warm, smoky, soil-inflected nose hints at nut oils, peach and apricot. Voluptuous, fine-grained and seamless, with sweet, lush flavors of nectarine and nut oils. Not yet hugely complex but shows lovely restraint to its sweetness.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 90
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/01/2005
Drink Dates: 2006-2010
Medium plus yellow colored wine with some green highlights. Quite airy and full aromas of new oak, sweet lemon, vanilla spice, pear, and wax. Lots of acidity props up the wine?s plump slightly alcoholic fruit. Long with attractive chalk flavor at the end. While quite fine, this is really just a run of the mill Kistler Chardonnay. Drink Summer 2006 to 2010.

Average rating: 93, based on 3 reviews
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1172 bottles owned by 262 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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