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About Kistler Vineyards
Steve Kistler's rich, Burgundy-style Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, from a series of ideally situated vineyards all around Sonoma County, have long been favorites among collectors and restaurant clients. The best bottlings have proven to be excellent mid-term agers and are among the richest and most complex Chardonnays made anywhere—the key is low-tech, hands-off winemaking that makes the most of the particular vineyard site plus what each vintage has to offer.
94(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2005
($90; this and the "regular" Kistler Vineyard release were aged in 100% new barrels) Bright, saturated ruby-red. Brooding, reticent, superripe nose hints at blueberry, black raspberry, black cherry and baking spices. A step up in sweetness from the regular Kistler Vineyard bottling, offering sappy dark berries and forest floor perfume; lively framing acidity; and superb richness and depth. Finishes with terrific grip and persistence. A wonderfully concentrated, youthfully unevolved pinot with all the elements for positive evolution in bottle over the next five to seven years.