2009 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Vinfolio | Rating: 

Drink Dates: 2011-2019
Author: Elizabeth Grubel


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

Vivid gold. Lively, mineral-dominated aromas of candied citrus fruits, pear and ginger, with a smoky nuance building with air. Rich and expansive but very dry, offering palate-staining orange and pear skin flavors lifted by vibrant mineral and floral notes. Closes with excellent clarity and cut; there's zero excess fat here.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 162

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

The 2009 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard comes across a bit inward and less expressive than the other wines in the collection. Scents of lemon, almonds and pastry emerge from the glass. The overall impression is of a small-scaled wine that, while quite pretty, lacks the visceral thrill of the top wines here.

Drink Dates: 2012-2019
Author: Antonio Galloni


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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Displays wildflower, subtle peach and mineral flavors that are dialed back without sacrificing depth and persistence. One of the most understated and delicate of the Kistler's new releases.

Drink Dates: 2012-2019
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/31/2013
Drink Dates:

Rating: 93
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/25/2014

Average rating: 93, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

278 bottles owned by 60 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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