2008 Kistler - Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

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Drink Dates: 2010-2018
Author: Elizabeth Grubel

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

Bright gold. Pure, mineral-accented aromas of pink grapefruit, lime, pear skin and wild herbs. Taut and spicy, with salty minerality lifting musky peach pit and orchard fruit flavors. Slow to unwind and dominated by its mineral component today. Finishes with lingering smokiness and excellent persistence. This will age slowly.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 156

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

Exhibits great intensity and concentration, without weight, offering a mix of fresh melon, apple, pear and fig flavors that are lively, vibrant and full-bodied. Yet this is most elegant and graceful on the finish, where the flavors sail on, ending with a dash of smoke and light butterscotch.

Drink Dates: 2011-2016
Author: James Laube

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

The 2008 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard offers up a hint of almond paste intermixed with nectarines and crushed rocks in a full-bodied, rich, authoritative style.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 193

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 93
Author: Mike N296
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/18/2013
Site Blog: Foodie Confidential

Rating: 93
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/20/2015

Average rating: 94, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

133 bottles owned by 40 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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