2005 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard 750ml

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WA 94-96   WS 93   IWC 92   Collector 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94-96

A crisp, elegant yet powerful, mineral-dominated effort, the 2005 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard is reticent at present, exhibiting scents of lemon oil, white currants, peaches, and orange rind. With striking intensity, great elegance, richness, precision, and delineation, this beautiful Chardonnay brought to mind a top-notch French Corton-Charlemagne.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 168

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Aromatically complex, with a mix of ripe pear, fig, citrus and hazelnut flavors that are tightly focused, with lively acidity, excellent depth and balance and a long, lingering finish that keeps repeating the fruit and oak themes. 3,645 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008-2011
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($75) Bright gold. Vibrant, densely fruity aromas of melon, peach and yellow apple. Fresher citrus and Anjou pear flavors offer impressive depth and energy, picking up dusty minerals with air. Finishes with excellent lift and a lingering echo of orchard fruits. Much more fruit-dominated than Kistler's other chardonnays this year.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 138

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: Mike N296
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/07/2011
Site Blog: Foodie Confidential Deep yellow/golden color. Nose: Orange, vanilla Palate: Orange creamsicle, chestnuts,oak Full bodied.

Rating: 93
Author: gotwine
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 04/03/2011

Rating: 90
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/29/2012
Drink Dates:

Rating: 90
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 07/11/2015
Older, richer, still good.

Rating: 75
Author: sm122097
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/26/2010

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

2409 bottles owned by 464 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.

See other similar producers: Flowers Vineyard and Winery, Aubert, Littorai

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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