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2001 Kistler Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard (750ml)
Producer: Kistler Vineyards kistlerwine.com
Appellation: Russian River Valley - California - United States (AVA)
Type: white
Varietal: Chardonnay
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$65.00
Tasting Notes:
tasted: December 7, 2005 , Thomas Ivey
93 points "Petrol, smoke, apple, pear and mineral notes and a long full finish. Very good. "
rated: April 27, 2005 , The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
95 points "A brilliant effort, the 2001 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard is tightly-knit, but full-bodied and powerful, with an oily texture buttressed by considerable acidity. Citrus oil, buttered tropical fruit, mineral, and roasted nut characteristics are present in this gorgeous offering. Full-bodied, pure yet well-structured, this terrific effort will drink well for 5-8 years. " Best 2003-2011
rated: April 27, 2005 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
87 points "Intense and concentrated, with mature hints of caramel, green apple, cedar and spice, finishing with a tight smoky, cedary oak flavor and a touch of herb and citrus. Drink now through 2008. 2,765 cases made. (JL)" Best 2003-2008
rated: May 27, 2005 , Stephen Tanzer wineaccess.com/expert/tanzer
93 points "By Stephen Tanzer Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 04 ($60) Less bright yellow than the Hudson. Reticent, pure aromas of minerals, menthol and truffle. Concentrated, precise, minerally and tactile, but still tightly wound. Very juicy, dry and sharply delineated chardonnay, finishing quite long and a bit austere. Offers terrific potential. From very poor soils, notes Kistler, who says the structure of this wine resembles that of the McCrea. 93(+?) points "