2008 Kistler - Chardonnay Dutton Ranch (formerly RRV) 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

Vivid gold. High-pitched, spicy aromas of lemon and lime, with deeper pear and melon qualities and a touch of toasty lees. Supple and creamy on entry, then more taut in the mid-palate, offering juicy melon and orchard fruit flavors firmed by a bitter citrus note. A kick of peppery spice adds cut to the long, impressively focused finish. This wine marks the 30th vintage for this bottling at Kistler.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 156

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 91-93

The 2008 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch offers aromas of nectarines, hazelnuts, and honeyed pineapple, a ripe, medium to full-bodied style, good acidity, a subtle smoky oak note in the background, terrific fruit, and serious levels of concentration.

Drink Dates: 2010-2017
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 187

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

Sleek and spicy, with a mix of sour, leesy lemon drop, green apple, citrus and mineral notes. This is full-bodied, turning somewhat simpler on the finish, where the texture is raw.

Drink Dates: 2011-2017
Author: James Laube


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Drink Dates: 2010-2018
Author: Elizabeth Grubel


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 90
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 04/19/2014

Rating: 90
Author: Mike N296
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/01/2013
Site Blog: Foodie Confidential Oakes and buttery. Chestnut. Well balanced. Clean finish. Lacks complexity.

Rating: 89
Author: Jon S495
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 05/14/2013

Average rating: 91, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

119 bottles owned by 36 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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