The Kistler Vineyards Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay is sourced from mostly thirty year old vines, which grow dry farmed in a combination of fine chalky soils and deep red volcanic ash.
Thereby, the Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay is a wine with an intense sense of the mountain heritage and with delicate stone fruit characters.
Kistler´s success was founded on their exceptional Chardonnays and it took a while until the Pinot Noir wines caught up.
The 2010 vintage, as mentioned yesterday, brought challenging growing conditions with cooler weather, a longer than average growing season and lower yields with concentrated fruit.
Pale yellow and golden in the glass. Juicy.
Fresh nose of Citrus and Lemon. Vibrant Peach, Chalk. Hints of Butter and Vanilla. Somewhat roasty.
Round and full. Lemon, Grapefruit with some traces of Sweet Butter and Toast.
Present and nice acidity.
Medium-long finish of Lemon, Grapefruit and some Sweetness. A little bit of oak.
A precise, but young wine with great structure and balance.
Now vibrant and fresh, this wine will gain complexity over the years.
This is a fantastic wine! On the one hand concentrated and full, but on the other hand with nice acidity and mineral characters. Delicious indeed!