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2011 Kistler Vineyards Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley
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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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2011 Kistler Vineyards Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley

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

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93 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2014

Bright gold.  Smoky pear, honey and iodine on the nose, along with a suave building floral quality.  Dried pear and peach skin flavors are braced by tangy acidity and take a brighter turn with air, picking up Meyer lemon and ginger nuances.  Shows excellent clarity and lift on the back end, leaving notes of smoky minerals and candied orange peel behind.

95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Chardonnay

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