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2011 Kistler Vineyards Les Noisetiers Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, USA

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Prior to 2002, Kister Vineyards Les Noisetiers Chardonnay was labeled Russian River Valley.

Price Range of 750ml bottle, ex-tax in USD
Average: $68   From: $60   To: $101

Search Rank 1797 What is this?
Over all vintages, this was the 1797th most popular wine on Wine-Searcher last year.
Search rank last month: 1556th

Score: 91   When to drink: 2013 to 2018
The Wine-Searcher score of 91/100 is based on the following wine critic score:
Critic Score When to drink
91/100   2013 to 2018
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Grape Variety

Chardonnay is the world’s most famous white-wine grape and also one of the most widely planted. Although the most highly regarded expressions of the variety are those from Burgundy and California, many high-quality examples are made in Italy, Australia, New Zealand and parts of South America.

Describing the flavors of Chardonnay is no easy task. While many Chardonnay wines have high aromatic complexity, this is usually due to winemaking techniques (particularly the use of oak) rather than the variety's intrinsic qualities. Malolactic fermentation gives distinctive buttery aromas. Fermentation and/or maturation in ...more

  • The Sonoma Coast AVA covers (as its name implies) the coastline of Sonoma County, California. What is not apparent from the AVA's title, however, is that its boundaries veer sharply inland just east of Bodega Bay, and spread out southwards and eastwards into the Petaluma Watershed. Where it meets the northern tip of Sonoma Valley just outside Santa Rosa, the edge of the AVA is more than 20 miles (35km) east of the coastline proper, and even further from the inland bays east of San Francisco.

    The Sonoma Coast title covers more than 500,000 acres (200,000ha) of western and southern Sonoma County, of which about 2% is under vine. Far from contiguous, this 2% is scattered around the area in various terroirs, typically capitalizing on the cooling influences of the Paci ...more

  • Sonoma County, California, is one of the most important wine-growing regions in the whole of the United States. Vines have been planted here since the 1850s, and apart from the inevitable hiatus brought about by Prohibition, the county’s relationship with wine has been prolific and unbroken.

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