2003 Kistler - Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard 750ml

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WA 94-96   IWC 94   WS 88   Collector 91
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94-96

The 2003 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard has a Corton-Charlemagne-like personality. Notes of acacia flower, stone fruits, liqueur of rocks, some orange blossom notes intermixed with apple skin, and hints of hazelnut and lemon butter are all present in this full-bodied, stony, mineral-dominated wine that is undeniably impressive. Again, it is backward, but there is an inner core of concentration that just goes on and on. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.

Drink Dates: 2005-2013
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 157

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

($65) Medium yellow with green highlights. Subtle aromas of peach blossom, lemon cream and vanilla. Big, sweet, layered and rich; chewy but not at all heavy. Very highly concentrated wine with ripe, pure fruit flavors of citrus and stone fruits. Wonderfully ripe and fruit-driven without being exotic. Very long and rich on the back.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

Ripe and vibrant, with intense pear, tangerine, anise and mandarin orange flavors that are tightly wound and focused, gaining complexity and finishing with a burst of fruit flavors. 835 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2006-2009
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 05/03/2011

Rating: 91
Author: Mizael
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 02/14/2009

Rating: 91
Author: JMC22
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/12/2009
Drink Dates: 2006-2011
Cream, vanilla, lilac, honey, and alcohol on the nose. Strong acid creates structure but is balanced by a creamy viscosity. 30 second finish. Nice wine!

Rating: 91
Author: PJ Haveron
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 04/12/2009
Excellent as usual, however, not quite as bright on the palate, perhaps showing a bit of age. Customary citrus and floral notes were prominent. Beautiful gold presentation and structure, really well made wine.

Rating: 89
Author: afikes
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/24/2014

Average rating: 92, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1236 bottles owned by 309 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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