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2008 Kistler Vine Hill Vineyard Chardonnay

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February 25, 2024 - $66

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RATINGS

94Vinous / IWC

Highly complex, mineral-driven aromas of fresh nectarine, citrus pith and iodine, along with a hint of smokiness. Supple, broad and impressively concentrated, with pit fruit and mineral flavors showing serious depth and firm acidity...

93-95Robert M. Parker Jr.

...citrus and roasted nuts along with a layered mouthfeel, good acidity, medium to full body, and impressive purity. It, too, represents a hypothetical blend of top-notch white Burgundy and Sonoma Chardonnay.

93Wine Spectator

Pure, ripe and supple, with subtle melon, spice, citrus and honeysuckle notes that are full-bodied, elegant and delicate, ending with a mix of floral and mineral notes.

REGION

United States, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley AVA is named for the river that meanders from Mendocino County in the north until it finally runs into the Pacific Ocean north of San Francisco. The AVA is cool thanks to its proximity to the northern California coast and the river, and grape growers must learn to deal with regular fog. Nevertheless in recent decades the AVA has become one of the best in the state, meaning that its wines often earn excellent reviews and have considerable cachet. The AVA status was awarded in 1983 and today the appellation has 15,000 vineyard acres. Chardonnay is the most widely planted grape though Pinot Noir has also been very successful in recent decades. Russian River Valley Pinot Noir are known for being rich, lush and filled with concentrated fruit and berry flavors. Russian River Pinot Noirs are today considered some of the best domestic Pinot Noirs.

TYPE

White Wine, Chardonnay

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.