Kistler Vineyard Chardonnay 2003

$70.00

SKU C0113

750ml

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Kistler Chardonnay is made using traditional French techniques, with the winemaker himself performing the cellar work on the wines. Kistler Chardonnay has a distinct character. It is completely barrel-fermented using indigenous and cultured yeasts, is aged in 50% new French oak barrels unracked and in contact with all its fermentation lees, has undergone a malolactic fermentation, receives minimal handling and processing, and is bottled unfiltered and, generally, unfined after 11-18 months of barrel age.
Category White Wine
Varietal
Country California
Region Sonoma County
Appellation Sonoma Valley
Brand Kistler
  • wa94-96

Wine AdvocateThe 2003 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard has a Corton-Charlemagne-like personality. Notes of acacia flower, stone fruits, liqueur of rocks, some orange blossom notes intermixed with apple skin, and hints of hazelnut and lemon butter are all present in this full-bodied, stony, mineral-dominated wine that is undeniably impressive. Again, it is backward, but there is an inner core of concentration that just goes on and on. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.

Robert Parker, February 27, 2005
  • ws88

Wine SpectatorRipe and vibrant, with intense pear, tangerine, anise and mandarin orange flavors that are tightly wound and focused, gaining complexity and finishing with a burst of fruit flavors. Drink now through 2009.

James Laube, June 30, 2006