1994 Kistler Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard


  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Russian River Valley
Drink between 1996 - 2001 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 8

  • Burgundy Al wrote: (92 points)

    August 4, 2005 - Kistler Chardonnay Blind Tasting (Chicago IL): Blind Kistler Chardonnay tasting. Smoky and toasty nose with lots of rich, ripe fruit. Smells of peach and apple (perhaps caramelized apple). Rich buttery flavors that are clearly in an extreme style but the heft and density of this wine's fruit keep this wine powerful and solid. Not the bottle I would pull to showcase Chardonnay's charms, but a fun and well-made wine. My WOTN, near the bottom for this group.

  • KenK wrote: (95 points)

    August 4, 2005 - Kistler Chards 1994-2002 TN (Long) (F. Patterson - Chicago): Smoky, toasty nose with rich apple and butterscotch - yum!
    Soft vanilla flavors with ripe Mackintosh apple fruit and sweet carmel. Layered dense fruit flavors making a hedonistic experience many may not appreciate. Finish is unusally long rich and complex for a California Chardonnay with 10 years of age. Likely will not improve, but can hold for some time.

  • Anonymous wrote: (96 points)

    April 22, 2005 - Not many Cali Chards can last for over 10 years, but Kistler is definitely on that short list. Bright straw gold. Beautiful nose of crushed stones, smoke and with some pineapple in the background. Strong mineral edge on the palate with a long smooth finish. Still plenty of acidity and showing no signs of decline. Classic mature Cali Chard. They don't get much better. Could probably hold for a few more years.

  • winefool wrote: (89 points)

    August 1, 2004 - Kistler Chard Tasting - My #11, Group #8. Deep golden/yellow. Forward aroma of honeyed oak. Rich honeyed yellow fruit and heavy oak on the palate. A bit much. 8/04

  • Anonymous wrote: (93 points)

    February 7, 2000 - Dark yellow in color. Soaring aromas of honey and creme. The minerality this wine once possessed has been replaced by caramel and honey. Complex, and enjoyable, but probably at it's peak.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1994
  • Type White
  • Producer Kistler
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Vine Hill Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Russian River Valley

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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 120 (71%)
  • Consumed 49 (29%)

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