2005 Kistler - Chardonnay Dutton Ranch (formerly RRV) 750ml

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WA 94-96   IWC 92   WS 88   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94-96

More weight and power along with notes of roasted hazelnuts, peach, and smoky, almost clarified butter smells emerge from the 2005 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch. More extroverted and exuberant than the McCrea cuvee, it is an unusually elegant effort (because the acids are crisp and refreshing) that should drink beautifully for 7-8 years. Kistler Vineyards, undeniably one of the world's finest winemaking estates, is run with passionate dedication to detail and quality by Steve Kistler and Mark Bixler. It is wines like these that keep an old critic like me inspired and energized.

Drink Dates: 2006-2014
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 168

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($70) Yellow-gold. Chalky citrus, quince and apple aromas are complicated by smoky lees, minerals and lemon pith. Bracing lime and pink grapefruit flavors gain weight with air, taking a turn to orange and tangerine. A firm, light-bodied chardonnay that offers intensity without excess weight, finishing with tangy mineral grip and great persistence. "On this soil, which is low in clay, this Wente clone is all about minerals," noted Kistler.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

Smells rich and smoky, with exotic fig and cut apple scents followed by a raw woody character on the palate. Best to cellar short term, which should allow the wood to flesh out.

Drink Dates: 2009-2012
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/11/2013
Drink Dates: 2007-2014
As always, amazing. Color is getting more golden. A vibrant, tropical fruit with hints of sugar candy linger in the mouth well after swallowing the wine. The aromas are still strong and sweet. Enjoy now while the CA profile is still showing

Rating: 93
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/18/2014

Rating: 92
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 01/06/2013

Rating: 91
Author: Serl Z
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/24/2008
Drink Dates: 2006-2015

Rating: 89
Author: Gregory H928
Tasted On: 05/23/2009
Drink Dates: 2006-2009
Took a while to open up. Little harsh to be honest but flavors and oak finally came out.

Average rating: 92, based on 8 reviews
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2769 bottles owned by 537 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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