Kistler

Kistler Vineyard Chardonnay

9.2305 ratings
9.238 pro ratings
Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
John Willison

Over ripe lemon, toasted almond, marzipan. Past it’s prime.

Over ripe lemon, toasted almond, marzipan. Past it’s prime.

Jul 30th, 2022
David L

Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard.
Original vines planted over 40 years ago.
Deep golden color. Orchard fruit, lemon oil, streak of slate. Nice depth & finish. Gorgeous bottle of wine, that’s just starting to fade at 11 years old.

Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard.
Original vines planted over 40 years ago.
Deep golden color. Orchard fruit, lemon oil, streak of slate. Nice depth & finish. Gorgeous bottle of wine, that’s just starting to fade at 11 years old.

Nov 30th, 2020
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9.6

The 2016 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard, from Steve Kistler's original vineyard on Moon Mountain, shows a real sense of hillside structure in its deep, phenolic personality. There is a feeling of real textural depth and substance that runs through the KV. A whole range of citrus, floral and savory notes give the wine its distinctive character. There is just so much going on. In 2016, I have a slight preference for the KV over the Cuvée Cathleen, which emerges from a separate part of the property. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2019)

The 2016 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard, from Steve Kistler's original vineyard on Moon Mountain, shows a real sense of hillside structure in its deep, phenolic personality. There is a feeling of real textural depth and substance that runs through the KV. A whole range of citrus, floral and savory notes give the wine its distinctive character. There is just so much going on. In 2016, I have a slight preference for the KV over the Cuvée Cathleen, which emerges from a separate part of the property. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2019)

Mar 5th, 2019
Scott Wren

Very good at what the do—buttery oak Chard. Not as over the top as I remember it from 10 yrs ago

Very good at what the do—buttery oak Chard. Not as over the top as I remember it from 10 yrs ago

May 25th, 2018
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9.6

The 2016 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard, from Steve Kistler's original vineyard on Moon Mountain, shows a real sense of hillside structure in its deep, phenolic personality. There is a feeling of real textural depth and substance that runs through the KV. A whole range of citrus, floral and savory notes give the wine its distinctive character. There is just so much going on. In 2016, I have a slight preference for the KV over the Cuvée Cathleen, which emerges from a separate part of the property. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2019)

The 2016 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard, from Steve Kistler's original vineyard on Moon Mountain, shows a real sense of hillside structure in its deep, phenolic personality. There is a feeling of real textural depth and substance that runs through the KV. A whole range of citrus, floral and savory notes give the wine its distinctive character. There is just so much going on. In 2016, I have a slight preference for the KV over the Cuvée Cathleen, which emerges from a separate part of the property. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2019)

1 person found it helpfulSep 20th, 2019
Shay A
9.2

Another great Weekly Wine Committee in the books, this time hosted by Dan. Format stayed the same (1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine) and everything is guessed blind.

My first Kistler, believe it or not. I called this chardonnay (as were all the whites). Very "sweet" nose to it, but still had some butter/popcorn traits. Oily finish, alongside wet rock, tea and lemon. Very nice.

Another great Weekly Wine Committee in the books, this time hosted by Dan. Format stayed the same (1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine) and everything is guessed blind.

My first Kistler, believe it or not. I called this chardonnay (as were all the whites). Very "sweet" nose to it, but still had some butter/popcorn traits. Oily finish, alongside wet rock, tea and lemon. Very nice.

Jun 28th, 2017
Will Phelps

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

8.7

Buttered popcorn vibes

Buttered popcorn vibes

Apr 20th, 2017
Garen Staglin

Butterscotch rich flavor. Slight oxidation. Great with desert.

Butterscotch rich flavor. Slight oxidation. Great with desert.

Dec 27th, 2016
Michael L S

Well made as always and full of flavor. At this stage the oak is a bit too pronounced for me.

Well made as always and full of flavor. At this stage the oak is a bit too pronounced for me.

Dec 25th, 2016
Jen Len

Bartender/Sommelier Caña, JC

9.4

So pretty. White tea, long finish, lively acidity. Just wow.

So pretty. White tea, long finish, lively acidity. Just wow.

Aug 14th, 2016