Kistler Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2004

Chardonnay from Carneros, California

Item No. 124269
  • white wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP96
  • ST95
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

Kistler A wine of weight, without being heavy that is consistently supported by a strong acid profile and a steely like sulfide character.

Critical Acclaim

"Always a show-stopper in terms of aromatics, the flowery 2004 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard offers hints of smoky hazelnuts, honeysuckle, orange blossoms, buttered apples, and white currants. With exuberant fruit, full body, terrific definition and precision...
Range: 94-96"
96 Points

"Green-gold. Strong iodine and sulfide tones accent bright pink grapefruit and lemon, with an intriguing smoked meat quality adding depth. Deep, concentrated and mineral-driven, with strong citrus and quince flavors, but the soil tones are even more pronounced. A singular, intensely scented and flavored chardonnay, with great character, concentration and power. This was one of the most memorable wines of my trip. Kistler says that it will be the longest-lived of the vintage's chardonnays."
95 Points

Learn About Kistler Map ItMap It

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.

Learn About Carneros

Technically a part of Napa Valley, the Carneros region straddles both Sonoma & Napa counties. It's the Napa region closest to the San Francisco peninsula and the San Pablo Bay, which is instrumental in controlling the climate of the area. The winds from the San Pablo bay create a cool weather pattern ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Notable Facts Both Chardonnay...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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