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Date Printed: 7/22/2014
Kistler Vine Hill Chardonnay 2004
Kistler Vine Hill Chardonnay 2004
(search item no. 123549)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $129.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Produced since 1991. The vineyard that surrounds the winery. This is dry farmed Chardonnay grown in a deep, sandy subset of the Gold Ridge soil series that seemingly has no bottom. The vines mine the nutrient poor sands to produce a wine of unparalleled energy and verve. One of our perennial favorites due to its resounding natural acids and low pH which strike a perfect balance with the stone fruit body and notes of toasted hazelnut.
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About Kistler:

Founded in 1978, Kistler Vineyards is a small, family-owned and operated winery specializing in the production of Burgundian style Chardonnay and limited amounts of Pinot Noir. Grapes are estate grown and purchased from vineyards in Sonoma County. In 1992, Kistler Vineyards moved all production to its Vine Hill Road Vineyard in the Russian River Valley.