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2002 Kistler Vineyards Chardonnay Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast
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About Kistler Vineyards

Steve Kistler's rich, Burgundy-style Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, from a series of ideally situated vineyards all around Sonoma County, have long been favorites among collectors and restaurant clients. The best bottlings have proven to be excellent mid-term agers and are among the richest and most complex Chardonnays made anywhere—the key is low-tech, hands-off winemaking that makes the most of the particular vineyard site plus what each vintage has to offer.

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2002 Kistler Vineyards Chardonnay Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast

Producer: Kistler Vineyards
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chardonnay
Origin: California
Region: Sonoma

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90 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
91(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2005

($65) Bright, full yellow. Leesy aromas of crushed stone, baking spices, orange oil and charred oak, with a suggestion of light sulfides. Fatter on entry than the McCrea or Dutton Ranch bottlings, then big, rich and velvety in the middle palate, but with a firm acid spine. Not yet hugely complex but I like this wine's cooler flavors of pineapple, stone and minerals. Finishes with sneaky length and lingering notes of pineapple, menthol and crushed stone. This, too, seems quite young.

91-93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Chardonnay

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