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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.
95 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2012
Bright ruby. Heady, exotic nose delivers an array of red berry, spice and floral qualities, with a bright mineral topnote Graceful, focused red berry and rose pastille flavors show outstanding vivacity, with spicecake and anise flavors contributing complexity. Very pure, mineral-driven pinot with wonderful finishing clarity and lingering florality. This fruit (almost all Calera clone) was picked at 23 degrees Brix, according to Kistler; the yield from the 18 planted acres was only 18 tons. (JR)