*Rare 1.5L MAGNUM bottle*
Limited single-vineyard Kistler Chardonnay now available.
95 Points Robert Parker: "The Kistler 2018 Chardonnay Laguna Ridge Vineyard is only bottled in magnum. It has delicate aromas of flint, saline and roasted almonds with wafts of floral perfume over a core of toasty peaches plus hints of quince paste and beeswax. Medium-bodied, it slowly gains amplitude in the mouth, beginning minerally and transforming to toasty, iodine-tinged fruits. It has very fresh, uplifting acidity and finishes incredibly long with shifting flavor layers.
...Kistler Vineyards remains one of the absolute benchmark producers of great Sonoma Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, sitting right up there with the highest quality examples of these grapes from throughout the world. While the wines come from as wide a range of top terroirs as Sonoma can provide, interestingly nearly all of the Chardonnays are produced from a proprietary selection of Wente clones taken from a Larry Hyde block in the early 1980s. The exception is the Kistler Vineyard, which contains some original Martin Ray Mount Eden clonal material. This can be found in the straight Kistler Vineyard Chardonnay bottling, as opposed to the Cuvee Cathleen, which is mainly Wente selection. All the vineyard-designate Chardonnays are produced in precisely the same manner, meaning the differences between them are almost exclusively down to the differences in terroir. And as readers will see from my notes, the differences are striking."
The Kistler 2019 Les Noisetiers Chardonnay is a special blend of wines from Kistler's vineyards.
The Kistler Les Noisetiers is of the same high quality as Kistler's single vineyard chardonnays but, through blending, they are able to create a high quality wine, with a consistent flavor profile. Rich, complex smoky aroma of perfect ripe fruit with a delicious noisette note, in a pleasing, Meursault-like style. In the mouth the wine is very delicious, displaying intense, fruit flavors underpinned with toasty oak and smoky flavors. The crisp acidity in the wine highlights the delicious fruit and makes it an excellent accompaniment to a wide range of foods. It is richly textured with a long, lingering finish.
Winery Notes: The Les Noisetiers is a combination of three Sonoma Coast sites (Vine Hill Vineyard, Dutton Ranch, and Trenton Roadhouse) and emphasizes the area’s sandy Gold Ridge soils. The vinification draws on techniques used in Burgundy. The result is one of the most luxurious and complex white wines made in this county, possessing a minerality rare in New World Chardonnay.