2011 Kistler - Chardonnay Dutton Ranch (formerly RRV) 750ml

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WA 93   IWC 93   WS 91   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

Crisp acids along with hints of Granny Smith apple skins, poached pear, brioche and white peach aromas jump from the glass of the medium to full-bodied, flattering, sexy 2011 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch. Slightly softer than some of its siblings (which I assume means it has less acidity), it, too, should be drunk over the next 3-4 years.

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

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

Vivid gold. Explosive, smoke-accented pear, melon and nectarine aromas are complemented by notes of honeysuckle and sweet butter. Chewy and broad on entry, then taut in the mid-palate, offering bitter pear skin and dried pit fruit flavors plus a hint of dusty minerals. Closes smoky and very long, with lingering spiciness and a hint of iodine.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 174

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Fresh and snappy, with zesty, leesy citrus, green pineapple and green apple flavors, picking up a pleasing floral scent and ending with a stone fruit flintiness.

Drink Dates: 2014-2019
Author: James Laube

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: Pkaleta
Tasted On: 09/26/2015

Average rating: 92, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

197 bottles owned by 43 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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