2004 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94-96

Hints of ripe pears, lemon butter, tangerines, and crushed rocks emerge from the 2004 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard, an elegant yet authoritatively flavored effort with a striking minerality, zesty acidity, and a spectacular finish. The good news is that there are 2,700 cases of this cuvee.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 162

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Complex, with a roasted marshmallow edge from toasty oak. There's a medium-bodied mix underneath of sleek citrus-infused pear, anise, melon and hazelnut flavors that linger and turn elegant.

Drink Dates: 2007-2010
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

($65) Green-gold. Ripe, lush scents of poached pear, yellow apple and peach, with a strong stony overlay. Bright and precise, with energetic stone fruit flavors and a building mineral impression. Very energetic on the finish, picking up hints of quinine and jasmine. Kistler suggests drinking this in 2008 or 2009.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 132

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 09/28/2008
Enjoyed. Much more refined than many CA, but still very strong perfume. Drink rest later - maybe 08 or 09

Rating: 95
Author: Rodney M
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 12/06/2012

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Rating: 95
Author: gjsantoro
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/25/2010

Rating: 93
Author: sbind
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 05/03/2012

Rating: 90
Author: Seaway J
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 04/30/2011
Not a bad wine. Great minerality. drink alongside with 2008 Rontets - Pouilly Fuisse Pierrefolle. In comparison, Kistler is just a bit more alocoholic and more "exaggerated".

Average rating: 93, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1994 bottles owned by 421 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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