2009 Kistler - Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

The 2009 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard, on the other hand, bursts onto the palate with endless layers of white peaches, apricots and white flowers. The deep texture turns delicate and haunting on the finish. There is an exotic, floral note that is very much unique to this bottling that Steve Kistler ascribes to the Mt. Eden and Wente selections planted on this site. This is a marvelously complete, stunning wine. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.

Drink Dates: 2012-2019
Author: Antonio Galloni


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

Green-tinged gold. Deep, mineral-accented aromas of Poire Willaim, lemon pith and iodine, complicated by a smoky, leesy nuance and slow-building florality. Shows an intriguing blend of richness and energy, offering palate-staining orchard fruit and ginger flavors underscored by dusty minerals and white pepper. Notes of jasmine and chamomile cling on the sappy, strikingly powerful, focused finish.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 162

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Tight and flinty, with a trim, compact beam of restrained, minerally citrus-laced green apple and floral scents.

Drink Dates: 2012-2018
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: DaveF
Tasted On: 02/11/2014

Rating: 95
Author: Mike N296
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/10/2014
Site Blog: Foodie Confidential Creamy and smooth. Pineapple. Color deep yellow.

Rating: 94
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/18/2014

Rating: 93
Author: Budzo
Tasted On: 06/19/2013
Straw in color. Pineapple.

Rating: 93
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 07/19/2013
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Average rating: 94, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

307 bottles owned by 76 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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