2005 Kistler - Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard 750ml

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WA 95-98   IWC 93   WS 93   Collector 91
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 95-98

The 2005 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard possesses honeysuckle, tangerine, and orange blossom characteristics along with great acidity, plenty of minerality, a greenish hue to its light gold color, and fabulous texture, length, and richness. I suspect there is more honeysuckle in this offering than in some of its peers, but it is flirting with perfection ... it's that compelling.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 168

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($80) Vivid gold. Intensely mineral aromas of Meyer lemon, pear, apple and dusty talc. Fresh and energetic, offering tangy citrus and orchard fruit flavors and gaining spiciness with air. Finishes fleshy and broad, with excellent clarity. This won't let go of the palate.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Rich without being overblown, with smoky, toasty oak joining ripe pear, melon, citrus, honeysuckle, mineral and fig flavors that are notably elegant and refined, keeping a tight focus and ending with a lingering aftertaste.

Drink Dates: 2008-2011
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 92
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/01/2011
Drink Dates:

Rating: 91
Author: Adriel L
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 03/31/2012

Rating: 91
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/20/2015
Golden but still good.

Rating: 91
Author: Serl Z
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/06/2009
Drink Dates: 2007-2012

Average rating: 94, based on 7 reviews
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1773 bottles owned by 442 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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