2007 Kistler - Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard (Athearn Estate) 750ml

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


Wine Advocate | Rating: 92-94

The minerality is evident in virtually all of these wines. It jumps from the glass of the 2007 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard. This cool Sonoma Mountain site offers up notes of tropical fruit, honeysuckle, citrus blossoms, and wet stones. It is full-bodied, crisp, restrained, but loaded with concentrated fruit and long in the mouth.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($75) Greenish gold. Vibrant aromas of pear, lime, powdered stone, mace and nutmeg. At once supple and lively on the palate, with excellent precision to the citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Tightly wound and taut but a few minutes of aeration brings out a sweeter melon quality that carries through a long and sappy finish.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 150

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 08/10/2013

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Rating: 92
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 07/30/2010

Average rating: 91, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

744 bottles owned by 190 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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