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2002 Kistler - Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard Chardonnay - USA - California - Sonoma - Russian River Valley - White

USA - California - Sonoma - Russian River Valley

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 »

Score
94
IWC 93
WA 92-95
Drink Dates
Comm: 2006-2010 WA: 2005-2012
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IWC 93
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 120

($65) Bright, pale medium yellow. Captivating nose combines grapefruit, underripe pineapple, crushed stone and musky baking spices. Then rich and lush yet sharply delineated on the palate, with very dry flavors of pineapple, spices and stone. A very rich chardonnay that's still a bit youthfully subdued. Finishes long, ripe and dry, with a flavor of dusty stone.

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WA 92-95
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 150
Drink Dates 2005-2012

A spectacular offering, the 2002 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard (adjacent to the Kistler winery) tastes like a California version of a great Batard-Montrachet. This dense, rich, layered, multidimensional Chardonnay builds incrementally in the mouth to reveal leesy notes intermixed with liquid minerals, lemon rind, citrus oils, and orange marmalade. Like its siblings, it reveals subtle oak notes along with great purity, tremendous palate presence, full body, and a majestic style. However, patience will be required.

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Author Rodney M
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.75%
Tasted On 12/06/2012
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Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.345%
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Author JMC22
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Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.301%
Tasted On 05/09/2009
Drink Dates 2006-2010

Creamed corn and tropical fruit on the nose. Irreplaceable acid holds it together. Really awesome wine.

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