2005 Kistler - Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

($75) Bright gold. Vibrant Meyer lemon, lime, iodine and baking spices on the nose, with anise and floral honey qualities building in the glass. Weighty and dry, with sharply defined citrus and pear flavors sharpened by dusty minerals. The spiciness builds through a long, sappy finish that won't quit. Combines power and finesse effortlessly.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 92-94

The 2005 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard displays a green tinge to its light gold/straw color. On the nose, it exhibits more developed, evolved scents of orange blossoms, buttery apples, tropical fruits, and hints of hazelnuts and honeysuckle. With terrific ripeness as well as acidity, this plump, fleshy Chardonnay is on a faster evolutionary track than some of the other cuvees.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 168

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

Intense smoke, fig, citrus and lemon-lime scents are fresh and lively. Elegant and sleek on the palate, with a nice focus that lingers through the finish. Still a bit raw in texture. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 915 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2009-2012
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 04/16/2015
More golden color. Still excellent. Full fruit.

Rating: 93
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/10/2009
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Rating: 93
Author: Mike N296
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/28/2010
Site Blog: Foodie Confidential Wine is golden color with a nose of roasted chestnuts. Flavor rich, buttery, vanilla.

Rating: 92
Author: cpcolliton
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/25/2010

Average rating: 92, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

681 bottles owned by 273 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.

See other similar producers: Flowers Vineyard and Winery, Aubert, Littorai

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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