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2003 Kistler - Chardonnay Durell Vineyard Chardonnay - USA - California - Sonoma - Sonoma Coast - White

USA - California - Sonoma - Sonoma Coast

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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Drink Dates
Comm: 2011-2013 VF: 2004-2009
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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 126
Author Christopher
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Tasted On 08/31/2011
Drink Dates 2011

With a bright yellow-gold color in the glass, this classy and perfectly mature 03 CA Chard shows an evolved, yet still fresh nose of mineral driven citrus and green apple mingled with butterscotch and lemon meringue. The palate is balanced and supported by a backbone of ripe acidity. This is a great example of mature chardonnay and perfect to drink now.

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

Still bright, fresh and lovely after all these years! Holding up very well. Well-balanced with the oak and fruit integrated very nicely. Seamless from beginning to end. Banana, cream, oak spice and lemon citrus flavors come together to create a magically delicious drinking experience. If you really like the aged characteristics of chardonnay (nuttiness, smoke, etc.) I think this could last for another year or two, but its drinking really well right now.

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Author Smith-Shannon
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Tasted On 08/31/2011

Really lovely nose, plenty of fruit with some mineral elements. Very balanced flavors, with citrus and pear fruits and acid, a hint of the classic buttery mouth-feel of a Kistler wine. Drinking well now but likely to be good for several more years.

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Author Tim T
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 08/31/2011
Drink Dates 2011-2015

Drinking well now, with hints of some aged characteristics to it. There is still great acid keeping the wine fresh. Lemon and butterscotch. This has plenty of life left in it.

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

Ripe tropical fruit with vanilla custard and mineral. Vibrant acidity, fresh on the palate considering the age.

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Author Seaway J
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.387%
Tasted On 11/17/2009

on the mineral side. need decanting but we did not

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Author Reed D
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.526%
Tasted On 01/02/2009
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