2004 Kistler Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard

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  • Chardonnay
  • 750ML
  • WA 96
  • WS 92

Reviews for 2004 Kistler Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard

WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2005
Hints of ripe pears lemon butter tangerines and crushed rocks emerge from the 2004 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard an elegant yet authoritatively flavored effort with a striking minerality zesty acidity and a spectacular... Hints of ripe pears lemon butter tangerines and crushed rocks emerge from the 2004 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard an elegant yet authoritatively flavored effort with a striking minerality zesty acidity and a spectacular finish. The good news is that there are 2700 cases of this cuvee. For Steve Kistler and his longtime assistant Mark Bixler 2004 was a very small crop even smaller than the modest production of 2003. This is a reference point winery for New World Chardonnay although their viticultural and winemaking techniques are decidedly Burgundian. Interestingly during the last year I have had an opportunity to taste some ten year old Kistler Chardonnays and they have aged well in the bottle. While a decade is not long when compared with some long-lived white Burgundies by the standards of most California Chardonnays which are generally best consumed during their first 1-3 years of life the Kistler techniques of whole cluster pressing slow malolactic fermentation aging on their lees in high quality French oak and bottling without fining or filtration appear to be producing longer lived Chardonnays. Kistler has enjoyed a run of terrific vintages in the new century. Moreover they seem to be ratcheting up their performance in terms of the quality and complexity of their Pinot Noirs. (Release date 3/07)Tel. (707) 823-5603; Fax (707) 823-6709
WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, July 2007
Complex with a roasted marshmallow edge from toasty oak. There's a medium-bodied mix underneath of sleek citrus-infused pear anise melon and hazelnut flavors that linger and turn elegant. Drink now through 2010. 2721... Complex with a roasted marshmallow edge from toasty oak. There's a medium-bodied mix underneath of sleek citrus-infused pear anise melon and hazelnut flavors that linger and turn elegant. Drink now through 2010. 2721 cases made. –JL