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Tasting Notes


A crisp, elegant yet powerful, mineral-dominated effort, the 2005 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard is reticent at present, exhibiting scents of lemon oil, white currants, peaches, and orange rind. With striking intensity, great elegance, richness, precision, and delineation, this beautiful Chardonnay brought to mind a top-notch French Corton-Charlemagne. Range: 94-96


Aromatically complex, with a mix of ripe pear, fig, citrus and hazelnut flavors that are tightly focused, with lively acidity, excellent depth and balance and a long, lingering finish that keeps repeating the fruit and oak themes.

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The Winery


The vineyard was the creation of the Kistler family and was founded in 1978 and has made a name for itself through consistency, quality and stellar wines, without the use of any marketing whatsoever. Both their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are crafted utilizing classic Burgundian techniques.

The Chardonnay comes from ten vineyard designate sites, all with distinct regional characteristics. Each site utilizes the same California heritage selection clone but each wine develops their own personality through traditional winemaking techniques. The Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Mountain, and Carneros AVA’s fruit is used to produce their fine wines. Kistler Pinot Noir is intense, highly extracted and oaked to perfection. Aged for up to 14 months in only new French oak, these celebrated wines are always unfined and unfiltered. Kistler is undeniably one of the world’s finest estates and is passionate and dedicated about mixing Burgundy style wines with the essence of the beautiful fruit from Sonoma.

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