White

1996 Kistler Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard

Chardonnay

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Sonoma County
  • > Sonoma Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 6

  • Hodby wrote: (85 points)

    November 4, 2013 - Medium amber color. Heady, rich nose: cooked barley, red apple, pear, creme caramel, shaved cocoanut. On entry, very oily and fat texture; waxy, round with a hint of sweetness. Flavors of of apple butter, celery, breakfast cereals. Heady, somewhat oxidized stuff, obviously alive but overwrought to my taste. Preferred this far more before its tenth year. Our back-up bottle to the ME '96. Bottle #2 of two.

  • BCharlieG wrote: (92 points)

    March 26, 2012 - Various Vintage California Wine Dinner - Corkbuzz in NYC (Corkbuzz - NYC): Outstanding aged chardonnay. Beautiful color of rich golden straw. beautiful and deeper and denser standard chardonnay elements: toasted butter popcorn, honeysuckle, white rose petals. excellent palate weight and balance. really outstanding long finish. paired w/ sautéed portobello mushrooms and aged balsamic and ramps

  • Lord Rayas wrote: (88 points)

    March 1, 2012 - Long lunch with AL, KH, Gary and Eric (The Pawn): deep dark yellow. initially thought it was an old roussanne. got better after some air but has seen better days.

  • vinojones wrote: (93 points)

    August 24, 2008 - golden color; nose of brioche, pear, toasted nuts; ripe melon and baked apple flavors, very full bodied, great balance, favoring fruit over acid;med finish

  • winotoo wrote: (91 points)

    September 4, 2005 - Typical Kistler amber color; muted nose of apples and pears, becoming more pronounced with air. Similar flavors on palate with hint of added butterscotch. Still drinking well though I would drink up.

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1999, Issue #84 (link)

    (Kistler Vineyards Chardonnay Kistler Estate Vineyard Sonoma Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type White
  • Producer Kistler
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Kistler Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Sonoma Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 87 (57%)
  • Consumed 65 (43%)

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