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2008 Kistler - Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard Chardonnay - USA - California - Sonoma - Sonoma Valley - White

USA - California - Sonoma - Sonoma 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 »

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97
IWC 95
WA 93+
Drink Dates
WA: 2011-2021
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750ml $89.95
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IWC 95
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 156

Bright gold. Wild, complex nose combines orange zest, dried pear, smoky minerals, iodine and a whiff of lees. Deep, stony and precise, with fruit in the background and minerality to the fore. This is a real mouthful of rocks. Becomes spicier and more floral with air and finishes with superb precision and length.

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WA 93+
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 193
Drink Dates 2011-2021

A steely, tightly-knit offering that requires some introspection as well as more bottle age is the 2008 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard. Unbuttered popcorn, crisp pear, white peach and steely, wet rock-like characteristics suggest lots of minerality in this wine that plays it close to the vest. It needs plenty of coaxing and will benefit from another 1-2 years of bottle age. It should drink well for a decade.

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Author Tod N
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.793%
Tasted On 08/10/2013
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Author Jam02110
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.651%
Tasted On 06/30/2013
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Author TMac
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.639%
Tasted On 04/09/2012

Saturday, July 30, 2011 - Wells Vacation Dinner (Wells, ME): This wine had everything we look for in a Chardonnay - ripe (but not overripe) California fruit with an Old World precision and grace. It was hard to find any fault with this wine -- beautiful crushed stone, crisp, intense deep fruit, and perfectly balanced acidity. Just a stunner

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