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2008 Kistler - Chardonnay Les Noisetiers (Sonoma Coast) 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 »

Score
92
Drink Dates
Comm: 2012-2015 VF: 2009-2014
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Author Christopher
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Tasted On 08/31/2011

With a light straw-green color in the glass, this youthful and classy Kistler boasts a fresh nose of lemon citrus and green apple framed with well-integrated oak and spice. The palate displays flavors that follow the nose plus stone fruit. A crisp acidity provides a nice structure and carries through for a very polished finish.

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

Although this is a multi-vineyard blend, this chardonnay is a great introduction to the style of Kistler's family of single vineyard chardonnays. Full-bodied and flashy, but stylish, sleek, classy and expensive tasting. Well-balanced , with hallmark chardonnay flavors of lemon, apple pie and custard framed by really fun oak and spice flavors. I like this a lot.

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Author Smith-Shannon
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Tasted On 08/31/2011
Drink Dates 2012-2015

Wonderful example of a classic Kistler chardonnay, with lovely balance of fruit, mostly citrus and apple-pear, with bright acidity and a creamy finish. Really great value for a wine of this quality.

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Author AKC
Vinfolio
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Tasted On 09/01/2011

Fresh, juicy pineapple/tropical fruit with zippy acidity. Stone fruit on the palate with good balance. Complex and clean, good intro to Kistler's new, less-oaked (but definitely not "no oak") style.

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Author Tim T
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Tasted On 09/01/2011

A very nice entry level Kistler that reflects the house style. There is good use of oak and the acidity is there to cleanse your palate, begging for another sip. Overall, a well made and very enjoyable wine.

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Author cloudon
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.983%
Tasted On 12/14/2010

very young and ripe, lots of spice, herbs, and medium toast. Nicely complex with good balance. I had this over a couple nights and it showed best on the second night. Very enjoyable

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