2019 Kistler Chardonnay 'Kistler Vineyard' 40th Vintage - MAGNUM
Region: Sonoma Valley
Cépage: Chardonnay (100%)
Size: 1.5 L Magnum
Rating(s): 98 (JD); 96+ (RP)
Original Wood Box Included. Bottle #710 of 2,500 produced.
" Forty-year old dry farmed vines grow in deep red volcanic soils. Bottled since 1986. Just shy of 1800 feet in elevation, in a small bowl on the western edge of the Mayacama mountains lies the original Kistler planting. Forty-year old dry farmed vines grow in deep red volcanic soils, producing a wine with an intense sense of its mountain heritage. The Kistler Vineyard Chardonnay has delicate and bright lifted stone fruit and faintly floral like tones, like its McCrea cousin, yet also a firmer nature with a stronger core and added layers of texture.
(The 2019 is...) green-tinged pale yellow. Distinct and delicate perfumes of white spring morning flowers, just ripe stone fruit both skins and flesh, and a subtle minerality akin to wet rock. Softly gripping on the palate with its one-of-a-kind tactile nature which runs all the way through to the finish and gently lifts the powerfully expressive fruit flavors in the mid palate, already buoyed by strong natural acidity. A fitting, classic bottling for our original vineyard in our 40th vintage and a beautiful example of one of our very best sites. Hails from now forty-three-year-old dry farmed vines."
"The 2019 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard is stunning all the way, with a vibrant, racy, focused, and salty nose of crushed lemons, crushed stone, white flowers, and green almonds. Also gorgeous on the palate, this medium to full-bodied, quintessential, layered, balanced Sonoma Chardonnay is going to shine for a solid decade or more if well stored."
Jeb Dunnuck (JD) - 07/21