2006 Kistler - Chardonnay Durell Vineyard 750ml

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WA 94-96   IWC 92(+?)   Collector 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94-96

The 2006 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard is dominated by crushed rock and a liquid minerality component, it also possesses notes of lemon oil, brioche, white currants, white peaches, and a lemon custard-like character. Full-bodied with beautiful subtlety, zesty acidity, and a long finish.

Drink Dates: 2001-2014
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(+?)

($75) Green-gold. Finely etched citrus and green apple aromas are impressively pure and incisive. Brisk lemongrass and lime flavors are complicated by dusty minerals and bitter pear skin. The most backward of this set right now, and a bit tough to assess. The finish repeats the citrus and mineral notes and lingers impressively. No way I'd touch this one any time soon.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 144

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 92
Author: Kwak Tae young
Drink Dates: 2011-2015

Rating: 92
Author: WineStorm
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/05/2010
Thought this might have lost some zing but it is drinking really nice right now. Citrus and ripe peaches. Very nice chard.

3 of 3 people found this review useful.


Rating: 92
Author: MondovinoVA
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/30/2010
Drink Dates: 2014-2020
Crisp with loads of minerality. With the golden color one would thing that the oak would show stronger but not the case. Needs a few more years of cellaring.

Rating: 90
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/11/2012
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Rating: 90
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/22/2012

Average rating: 91, based on 7 reviews
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1486 bottles owned by 359 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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