2010 Kistler - Chardonnay Stone Flat Vineyard (Parmalee Hill) 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

Orange blossoms, nectarines, mint and white flowers all make an appearance in the 2010 Chardonnay Stone Flat Vineyard. Hints of graphite, ash and crushed rocks give the Stone Flat an element of minerality and pure tension that is highly appealing. The 2010 is at once rich yet weightless, especially on the finish, where the wine turns quite delicate and feminine. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.

Drink Dates: 2013-2020
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 206

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

Light gold. Floral- and spice-accented aromas of Meyer lemon, orange and pear skin, with suave smoke and iodine nuances adding complexity. Bright, penetrating citrus and orchard fruit flavors put on weight with air, picking up notes of anise and poached pear. Rich but energetic chardonnay, with strong finishing cut and excellent mineral-driven persistence.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 168

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Intense and vibrant, featuring rich, pure layers of ripe pear, fig, apricot and smoke. The flavors fold together nicely on the sleek, tapered finish.

Drink Dates: 2013-2018
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: danbelov
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/08/2012
Drink Dates: 2013-2018

Rating: 94
Author: Matt O
Drink Dates: 2013-2018

Rating: 93
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 05/30/2015

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

192 bottles owned by 53 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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