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2005 Kistler Vineyards Chardonnay Stone Flat 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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2005 Kistler Vineyards Chardonnay Stone Flat Vineyard Sonoma Coast

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

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96 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2008

($65) Yellow-gold. Strikingly complex aromas of poached pear, toasted grain, iodine and mineral salts, with a suave floral undertone. Palate-staining citrus and stone fruit flavors offer an uncanny blend of finesse and power, with a expression of smoky minerality that reminded me of a Montrachet from Marc Colin. Refuses to let go of the palate, finally finishing with strong iodine, toasty lees and pear skin qualities. A really extraordinary new wine from Kistler, from eight-year-old vines in the Parmalee-Hill Vineyard, planted on rocky soil in southwest Sonoma, near the Carneros line.

95-97 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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