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 Vintage1996 Label 1 of 9 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 1999 vintage.)
TypeWhite
ProducerKistler (web)
VarietyChardonnay
Designationn/a
VineyardVine Hill Vineyard
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationRussian River Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2003 and 2010 (based on 2 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Kistler Chardonnay Vine Hill on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.1 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 15 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Catnapped on 4/30/2014 flawed bottle: Oxidized. Dead. Pour it out. (702 views)
 Tasted by jlgnml on 11/10/2010 & rated 92 points: Mon's 56th Chef's Table in the Four Seasons Chicago (Four Seasons, Chicago): A bit cloudy, chardonnay color, would have said it was the same as the Kistler, stiking similiarities, good composition, age worthy. (2521 views)
 Tasted by babnik on 9/3/2009: Deep gold color and huge nut and butterscotch nose. Butterscotch and caramel flavors predominate with honey-lemon tea undertones. This wine suffered from rather indifferent wine service at BYOB local restaurant. The requested ice-bucket never arrived. Not rated as I don't think we were able to see this bottle at its best. Still, I love Kistlers with some age! (2834 views)
 Tasted by llink on 5/1/2009: Over the hill, butterscotch nose. Decent palate with some lift still there, but overall not a great experience. (2915 views)
 Tasted by MarkLA on 4/25/2009: Sourced from WineBid. Gotta give that seller props (whoever you are), because this was in fantastic shape. Had this at dinner,
so no detailed notes, but from memory, it was showing a gold tinge in the glass. Medium bodied. Palate offered up notes of ripe stone fruit, orange marmalade,
raw almond. Nice acidity to round it out. Lingering finish. I think this should be consumed (with much pleasure) over the next 2 years before it declines. Impressive. (92-93) (2938 views)
 Tasted by M DU VIN on 1/20/2008 & rated 91 points: Still a very lovely bottle of wine. But time to drink up. (2990 views)
 Tasted by winotoo on 11/19/2005 & rated 91 points: Holding up well but won't get any better. Still benefits from some air. (2756 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 5/13/1999 & rated 94 points: Leesy, apples, spice, and other big flavors. Huge palate impact, with great weight, yet finesse. Huge, spicy finish. Great. (2328 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (7/18/2011)
(Kistler, Vine Hill Vineyard Chardonnay Russian River Valley White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84
(Kistler Vineyards Chardonnay Vine Hill Road Vineyard Russian River Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
NOTE: Scores and reviews are the property of JancisRobinson.com and Vinous. (manage subscription channels)

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Kistler

Producer website

Chardonnay

Chardonnay on Appellation America

Vine Hill Vineyard

On weinlagen-info

USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

California

California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

Sonoma County

Sonoma County Vintners

Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley Winegrowers Association | Wikipedia

 
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