2011 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard 750ml

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

From Kistler's home property, not far from the winery, the 2011 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard bursts from the glass with superb aromas of tangerine oil, white peach, pineapple and wet stones. With good acidity, a long, full-bodied finish, and a precocious personality, it should provide plenty of pleasure over the next 3-4 years.

Drink Dates: 2013-2017
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 210

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

Bright gold. Smoky pear, honey and iodine on the nose, along with a suave building floral quality. Dried pear and peach skin flavors are braced by tangy acidity and take a brighter turn with air, picking up Meyer lemon and ginger nuances. Shows excellent clarity and lift on the back end, leaving notes of smoky minerals and candied orange peel behind.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 174

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Pure, vivid green apple, pineapple, honeydew melon and subtle oaky spice notes define this taut style, ending with leesy tannins.

Drink Dates: 2014-2014
Author: James Laube

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Average rating: 93, based on 3 reviews
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203 bottles owned by 51 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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