2006 Kistler - Chardonnay Dutton Ranch (formerly RRV) 750ml

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

Wine Advocate | Rating: 92-94

The 2006 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch is structured and tannic, with more acidity, and a leaner, more backward personality than the Durell Vineyard, with a chalky character. White currant, hazelnut, and wood spice notes are present in this medium to full-bodied white.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($75) Pale chartreuse color. Exotically perfumed aromas of lemon zest, pear skin, green almond and toasty lees. Vivid, tightly focused citrus and orchard fruit flavors are given depth by grilled nut and floral honey qualities, which lend roundness too. The lemony quality repeats on the impressively long, energetic finish. Give this youngster some age.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 144

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Serves up a complex mix of flavors, with ripe, spicy apple, pear, honeysuckle and fig. Full-bodied, deep and persistent, ending with a citrusy mineral edge. 3,628 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2009-2012
Author: James Laube

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/15/2012
Strong, firm body, very structured in Kistler style

Rating: 93
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/22/2013
Drink Dates:

Average rating: 93, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1782 bottles owned by 355 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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