2011 Kistler - Chardonnay Stone Flat Vineyard (Parmalee Hill) 750ml

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

One of my favorite offerings, the 2011 Chardonnay Stone Flat Vineyard (sometimes called the Parmalee-Stone Flat Vineyard) exhibits a Corton-Charlemagne-like character. A structured, mineral-driven white with plenty of white currant, quince, orange marmalade and caramelized lemon characteristics, this full-bodied, expansive, full wine should drink well for 5-6 years.

Drink Dates: 2013-2019
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 210

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

Greenish gold. Precise, intense aromas of lemon pith, iodine, white flowers and dusty minerals. Densely packed and youthfully tight, with penetrating citrus fruit and mineral flavors complicated by a subtle touch of buttered toast. Finishes tight and brisk, with admirable clarity and stony persistence.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 174

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Average rating: 94, based on 2 reviews
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137 bottles owned by 35 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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