2010 Kistler - Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

Green-tinged yellow. Precise aromas of orange zest, fresh pineapple, iodine, white flowers and smoky lees. Spicy, high-pitched and penetrating, with palate-staining citrus and orchard fruit flavors and pronounced minerality. Shows outstanding tension and focus on the long, smoke- and floral-accented finish.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 168

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: jmillerc2
Tasted On: 12/24/2012
can use some time. A little biting.

Average rating: 94, based on 2 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

198 bottles owned by 52 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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