2003 Kistler Vine Hill Road Chardonnay - 750ml

2003 Kistler Vine Hill Road Chardonnay - 750ml

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2003 Kistler Vine Hill Road Chardonnay - 96-98 Pts!

Kistler Vineyards is a wine producer in northern California's Sonoma County. Its considerable reputation is thanks largely to its robust, buttery Chardonnay wines, which have established Kistler as a cult winery since the 1980s.

The company was founded in 1978 by Steve Kistler and remains a family-owned and operated winery. It is a relatively small producer, making just 35,000 cases annually, much of which is sold through its significant mailing list. Kistler's focus is the Burgundy varieties, making 10 vineyard-designated Chardonnay wines and four designated Pinot Noir wines. 

One heritage Californian selection of Chardonnay planted across fifteen vineyards, from Carneros to Sonoma Valley, to the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. From those sites we produce eleven vineyard designate Chardonnays. We are wholly dedicated to the ideal of wines of site. It’s an unparalleled approach in the new world.

Two heritage selections of Pinot Noir inform all of our Pinot Noirs. Originally hailing from a Grand Cru vineyard in Burgundy, we’ve been propagating these two selections for the last twenty-five years. They, like our Chardonnay clone are very low yielding, resulting in wines with a natural density and concentration of flavor, balanced by elegant natural acids and elevated aromatics.


Product Details

Varietal Chardonnay
Vintage 2003
Rating 96-98 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Kistler
Color White
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Robert Parker 2003 Kistler Vine Hill Road Chardonnay - 96-98 Pts! From the vineyard surrounding the winery the 2003 Chardonnay Vine Hill looks to be one of the candidates for the Chardonnay of the vintage. Truly profound stuff with a stunning nose of tangerines orange marmalade and lemon custard this layered full-bodied wine has superb purity striking minerality and builds incrementally in the mouth finishing with rather high-toned flavors that are buttressed by good crisp acidity. It is a prodigious Chardonnay and comes across like a California version of Chevalier-Montrachet. This wine is young and unevolved and I suspect it will hit its prime in 1-3 years and last for up to a decade.

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Winery Details

Varietal Chardonnay
Vintage 2003
Rating 96-98 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Kistler
Color White
Wine Type Table

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