2007 Kistler - Chardonnay Durell Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 91-94

Nectarine, orange blossom, lemon custard, and whole currants are present in the 2007 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard. This is, again a wine with crisp, zesty acidity, striking liquid minerality, and a long, full-bodied finish.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

($75) Vivid yellow. Pungent scents of citrus pith, pear, sweet butter, toasted bread and smoky minerality. Smooth on entry, then tighter, stonier and less showy in the middle palate, with terrific spicy intensity to its citrus and floral flavors. Builds slowly and impressively, finishing with palate-staining, mineral-laced flavors of orange and bitter quinine. This intriguing wine smells like a Meursault and tastes like a Chablis. Kistler told me that its malo took forever to finish.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 150

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Jito72
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/18/2014
Bad bottle

Rating: 96
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 10/11/2010

Rating: 96
Author: Mike N296
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/22/2011
Site Blog: Foodie Confidential Paired with grilled chicken and asparagus. Excellent. Vanilla, honeysuckle. Slight charred earth on back of the palate. Almost too drinkable. Went fast. Balance and structure perfect. Beautiful deep yellow color.

Rating: 95
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/22/2012

Rating: 93
Author: WineDoc
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 02/03/2014

Average rating: 90, based on 7 reviews
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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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