2011 Kistler - Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard 750ml

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WA 94-96   IWC 94   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94-96

The 2011 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard is totally closed in on itself at the moment. The flavors are intensely mineral-inflected and saline. Crushed rocks and citrus lead to sweet floral and spiced notes, but the 2011 remains first and foremost a wine of texture and balance. Today, it is drop-dead gorgeous, even though the elements haven't fully come together yet. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021.

Drink Dates: 2014-2021
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 206

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

Pale chartreuse color. Spicy, sharply focused aromas of nectarine, orange zest, iodine and white flowers. Stains the palate with intense, mineral-laced citrus and pit fruit flavors, complemented by intense ginger and honeysuckle accents. Finishes stony and very long, with echoing florality and strong spicy bite.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 174

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: Matt O
Drink Dates: 2012-2017

Average rating: 95, based on 3 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

258 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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