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2002 CHARDONNAY 'Kistler Vineyard'. Sonoma Valley, California
Alcohol Percentage: 14.1%
Old Bridge Rating: Kistler are the most sought after producer of Chardonnay outside Burgundy. Their wines sell out by mail-order on release. We imported this and the others ourselves as soon as they were available. The consistency is extraordinary, even though the prices are certainly eye-watering.
Press Reviews: 94-96 points Robert Parker: "A profound effort from the dynamic Kistler-Bixler duo is the 2002 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard. Spectacular ripeness along with a liquid minerality give this large-scaled, bigger than life Chardonnay tremendous balance/equilibrium. This compelling, full-bodied, dense wine offers smoky hazelnut characteristics intermixed with oranges, lemons, tropical fruits, and hints of Grand Marnier as well as caramel. There is a lot going on in this full-bodied, concentrated yet impeccably well-balanced offering. It should drink well for a decade."
93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium yellow. Superripe, musky aromas of orange oil, ginger, charred oak and light sulfides. Sweet and full in the mouth, but with a penetrating quality to the pineapple and spice flavors. This, too, is very light on its feet. Finishes elegant, juicy and long, with an enticing mineral edge to its flavors."
This wine does not qualify for a discount