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2002 Kistler - Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay - USA - California - Carneros - Carneros/Napa - White

USA - California - Carneros - Carneros/Napa

White Chardonnay
Producer Notes

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... More »

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Comm: 2011-2011 VF: 2004-2010

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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 120
Author Christopher
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Tasted On 08/31/2011
Drink Dates 2011

With an intense yellow-gold color in the glass, this fully-developed CA Chard displays a mature nose of toast and creme brulee that hangs on to lemon citrus and pineapple fruit. The palate retains freshness and structure with flavors that follow the nose. Overall, this wine is still showing well and pleasant to drink. Drink now!

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Author Andre L593
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.936%
Tasted On 09/07/2011

This chardonnay has held up really well, despite my initial questions about whether or not CA chardonnays have the ability to age. Wet stone and muted citrus on the nose. On the palate ate flavors of citrus, marzipan and lemon. Finish falls slightly short, but nevertheless, pleasant and still quite fresh. I'd drink this now if you have any left in your cellar.

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Author Smith-Shannon
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Tasted On 08/31/2011
Drink Dates 2012

Bright citrus on the nose. Flavors are fruit-forward with plenty of oak, buttery mouth-feel. Drinking nicely, overall pleasant wine.

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Author Tim T
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 08/31/2011
Drink Dates 2011-2012

Rich lemon fruit, good acid, slightly bitter apple finish to it. I'm not sure if this will benefit from any further aging, so maybe best to drink up in the next year or so. Probably best with food.

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Author AKC
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 09/01/2011

Some funk on the nose that blows off with a little air. A BIG nose of toasty oak, ripe mango and banana with creme brulee/custard. Creamy mouthfeel with ripe peach and pineapple cake. Acidity carries through with some bitter apple peel on the finish. A broad, concentrated wine that's still showing fairly well.

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