2006 Kistler - Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard (Athearn Estate) 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

Fresh, rich and vibrant. Full-bodied, deep and concentrated, showing spicy green apple and pear flavors, with a lemon-citrus shading. Gains velocity on the finish, where this holds its focus. 3,634 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2006-2013
Author: James Laube


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93-94

The 2006 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard exhibits a light gold/green hue along with aromas of stone fruits, honey, orange zest (or is it tangerine?), and subtle wood spices. Full-bodied with beautiful texture as well as purity, and a long finish.

Drink Dates: 2007-2014
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($75) Greenish-gold color. Musky peach pit and mango aromas are complicated by smoky minerals and honeysuckle. Firm, tightly focused citrus and dried pit fruit flavors gain weight and gentle sweetness with air, picking up a juicy melon quality. Firm finishing notes of pear skin, tarragon and minerals give this wine a grown-up character.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 144

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating:
Author: Friedrich L
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 11/25/2012
Drink Dates:
Excellent Thanksgiving wine

Rating: 94
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 09/03/2012
Site Blog: mac_h

Rating: 94
Author: Jito72
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/16/2013

Rating: 94
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/15/2011

Rating: 92
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 04/15/2012
Drink Dates:

Average rating: 94, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1964 bottles owned by 410 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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