Legendary California winemaker Steve Kistler founded his Kistler Vineyards in 1978 and this small, family owned and operated winery quickly garnered a cult following for their rich and voluptuous Chardonnay, made in the Burgundian style. Much of this reputation was fueled by Robert Parker who said in the Wine Advocate “If the Kistler Winery could be magically transported to the middle of Burgundy’s Côte d’Or, it would quickly gain a reputation as glorious as any producer of Burgundy grand crus”.
Kistler’s Chardonnays have become a benchmark for the Russian River Valley, and wider Sonoma/Napa region having worked with the same singular clone of Chardonnay since the mid 1980’s. Its parent material was imported from Burgundy in the early part of the 20th century and further selections over the years have allowed Kistler to hone in on the characteristics that he finds the most compelling; low yields, small berries, great concentration in the fruit and an ability to retain natural acidity during the ripening process.
Each of the vineyard designated Chardonnays show strong regional characteristics alongside the personality of each of the vineyards from which they hail. Every wine is produced in the same fashion, with the focus being on the traditional French techniques that elicit the specific minerality from each site. Kistler Chardonnay is barrel fermented in their subterranean, gravel floor barrel rooms, and is aged sur lie in those same barrels, remaining for eleven to eighteen months until bottling. The wines are produced solely by native yeasts and the barrels are crafted from French oak that is aged to Kistler’s specifications. All of the wines are bottled unfiltered and unfined.
We are delighted to be able to offer a number of Kistler Chardonnays from various vintages, scoring up to 98+ points (WA).
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