Kistler Reviews

Kistler Spring 2019 Release

Kistler Reviews Reviews

Wine Advocate, Reviewed by: Lisa Perrotti-Brown

2016 Pinot Noir Cuvee Natalie Silver Belt

Rating: 95

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, June 29, 2018

Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir Cuvee Natalie Silver Belt possesses quite an earthy nose of truffles, underbrush, tilled soil and mossy bark over a core of Black Forest cake, warm red and black plums and raspberry compote. Full-bodied and laden with black berry and earth layers, it has a velvety backbone and very long mineral-tinged finish.

2016 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard

Rating: 96

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, June 29, 2018

Coming from the “home” vineyard, the 2016 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard opens with opulent fresh ginger, pineapple paste and guava scents with underlying accents of yuzu, hazelnuts, honeycomb and allspice. Rich, spicy and decadent in the mouth, it has a lively backbone of freshness lifting the many layers to a long, savory and spice-laced finish.

2016 Chardonnay Trenton Roadhouse

Rating: 97

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, June 29, 2018

The 2016 Chardonnay Trenton Roadhouse Vineyard rocks up with effortless notions of pear tart, warm apple pie and lemon curd plus touches of spice cake, croissant, almond butter and lime cordial. Full-bodied, rich and wonderfully harmonious, it delivers incredibly intense stone fruit and spice layers with a very long savory finish.

2016 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard

Rating: 95

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, June 29, 2018

The 2016 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard gives up gregarious notes of underripe pineapple, green mango and grapefruit with suggestions of brioche, beeswax, toasted almonds and yeast extract. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is coated with silken-textured tropical and savory layers, complemented by a harmonious line of freshness and finishing impressively long and mineral laced.

2016 Chardonnay Laguna Ridge Vineyard

Rating: 97

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, June 29, 2018

The 2016 Chardonnay Laguna Ridge Vineyard possesses quite a floral nose of peach blossoms, honeysuckle and jasmine with a core of peach cobbler, pear tart and lemon drops plus hints of gingerbread and beeswax. Full-bodied, opulently fruited and featuring tons of savory and spice layers in the mouth, it has a gorgeous creaminess to the texture and a very long, harmonious finish.

2016 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard

Rating: 97

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, June 29, 2018

The 2016 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard opens with complex savory and earthy notes of yeast extract, baking bread, toasted almonds, crushed rocks and sandy soil with a core of warm grapefruit, preserved lemons, kumquats and nectarines plus a waft of oyster shell. Medium to full-bodied, super intense and tight-knit in the mouth, it has tons of earthy/savory layers and a long mineral and steel-laced finish.

2016 Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen

Rating: 98+

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, June 29, 2018

The 2016 Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen is quite reticent at this youthful stage, slowly revealing notes of lemon meringue pie, lime cordial, spiced pears and apple tart with touches of chalk dust, marzipan, brioche and acacia honey. Full-bodied, rich and decadent in the mouth, it has oodles of freshness lifting the tightly packed flavors with a very long, wonderfully layered finish.

Reviewed by: Jeb Dunnuck

2016 Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen

Rating: 100

Jeb Dunnuck, June 5, 2018

I suspect one of the greatest Chardonnays to come out of California, the 2016 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard Cuvée Cathleen comes from a single block of broken shale soils and vines planted in 1993. They first made this cuvée in 2000. The tightest, most backward, and insanely pure in the lineup, with a liqueur of rocks like minerality, this incredible Chardonnay offers full-bodied richness, loads of apple and orchard fruits, complex floral and spice characteristics, vibrant and massive concentration. Despite being a rich, layered wine, it stays beautifully precise and focused on the palate, with a salty, marine-like character developing with time in the glass. It needs 2-3 years of bottle age and will cruise for a decade.

2016 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard

Rating: 95

Jeb Dunnuck, June 5, 2018

The 2016 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is another beauty Chardonnay from a site in Carneros. Apple and orchard fruits, lots of salty minerality, brioche, and a kiss of marzipan give way to a rich, concentrated, yet perfectly balanced effort that’s going to shine on the dinner table over the coming decade or more.

2016 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard

Rating: 98

Jeb Dunnuck, June 5, 2018

Another borderline perfect Chardonnay from this estate is the 2016 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard, which tastes almost identical to the Cuvée Cathleen, only slightly less intense. Killer white flower, citrus blossom, orchard fruits, and salty minerality all flow to a medium to full-bodied, ultra-pure, precise, and elegant Chardonnay. With a little less minerality, yet a similar textural richness and depth, give it a year or two, count yourself lucky, and enjoy over the following decade.

2016 Chardonnay Laguna Ridge Vineyard

Rating: 99

Jeb Dunnuck, June 5, 2018

A standout as well as a candidate for perfection, the 2016 Chardonnay Laguna Ridge Vineyard is a sensational effort that has racy, vibrant, yet integrated acidity giving beautiful lift and cut to textbook notes of apple blossom, toasted hazelnuts, white flowers, spice box, and crushed rock-like minerality. With full body, a deep, layered, seamless texture, awesome purity of fruit, and a huge finish, it has everything you could want from a wine. Give it 2-3 years and enjoy over the following decade.

2016 Chardonnay Trenton Roadhouse

Rating: 96

Jeb Dunnuck, June 5, 2018

Coming from pure sand soils, the ripe, flamboyantly-styled 2016 Chardonnay Trenton Roadhouse gives up stunning notes of tangerine oil, caramelized citrus, and white flowers, with a hint of tropical fruit with time in the glass. This medium to full-bodied, fleshy, ripe beauty has moderate acidity and plenty of richness and depth, all while staying balanced and fresh.

2016 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard

Rating: 96

Jeb Dunnuck, June 5, 2018

From vines around the estate in the Russian River, the 2016 Chardonnay Vine Hill is another rich, opulent effort that does everything right. White peach, caramelized pineapple, and white flower notes give way to a full-bodied Chardonnay that has building saltiness, good acidity, and a great finish. Both rich and fresh, it is an undeniably beautiful wine.

2016 Pinot Noir Cuvee Natalie Silver Belt

Rating: 97

Jeb Dunnuck, June 5, 2018

The 2016 Pinot Noir Cuvée Natalie is a mix of Calera and Swan clones as well as cool, more iron oxide-driven soils. It offers more red fruits with sensational notes of strawberries, spice, and wet stone literally soaring from the glass. Perfectly balanced, with ultra-fine tannin and a seamless texture, drink this complex, layered, multi-dimensional Russian River Valley Pinot Noir anytime over the coming 10-15 years.

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Wine Advocate, Reviewed by: Lisa Perrotti-Brown

2016 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard

Rating: 94+

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, June 29, 2018

The 2016 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard is slightly subdued at this early stage, offering up subtle notes of green guava, lemon tart, fresh Bosc pears and baker’s yeast with touches of coriander seed, lanolin and lime leaves. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has an almost electric intensity of tightly wound flavors with a racy line and long, satin-textured finish.

2016 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch

Rating: 95

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, June 29, 2018

The 2016 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch leaps from the glass with exuberant ripe apricots, pink grapefruit and lemon meringue pie notes with hints of lime cordial, honeysuckle and fennel seed plus a waft of almond croissant. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is beautifully elegant with bags of energy and compelling freshness, finishing long and yeasty.

2016 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard

Rating: 93+

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, June 29, 2018

The 2016 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard offers up gorgeous notions of ripe peaches, honeyed toast, grapefruit and orange blossoms with touches of ginger and marzipan. Medium to full-bodied, it has a lovely satiny texture and tons of stone fruit and savory layers with a good, long spice-laced finish.

2016 Chardonnay Stone Flat Vineyard

Rating: 95

The 2016 Chardonnay Stone Flat Vineyard sings of fresh white peaches, lime blossoms and honeycomb with touches of almond croissant and crushed rocks and then, with coaxing, reveals subtler lemongrass and mandarin peel scents and powdered ginger hints. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with vibrant citrus and spice layers, supported by a solid line of freshness and finishing wonderfully minerally. Reviewed by: Lisa Perrotti-Brown  29th Jun 2018

2016 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard

Rating: 94

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, June 29, 2018

Slightly closed at this youthful stage, the 2016 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard slowly unfurls to reveal pineapple, pink grapefruit and lemon curd scents with underlying notions of baking bread, chopped almonds, chalk dust and allspice. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is beautifully poised between intense tropical and citrus flavors and fantastic tension, featuring a long, silken-textured finish.

2016 Pinot Noir Laguna Ridge Vineyard

Rating: 94+

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, June 29, 2018

Medium to deep ruby-purple in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir Laguna Ridge Vineyard opens a little shy and broody, giving way to decadent black raspberry, wild blueberries and mulberries scents with wafts of forest floor, fungi and black pepper. Medium to full-bodied and firmly framed by ripe, velvety tannins and tons of freshness, it has concentrated black and blue berry layers and a long, earthy finish.

 

Reviewed by: Jeb Dunnuck

2016 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard

Rating:  94+

Jeb Dunnuck, June 5, 2018

One of the more masculine, mineral-laced releases, the 2016 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard comes from a terrific site in Carneros. Lots of spiced orchard fruits, apple blossom, crushed rocks and a salty, oyster shell-like character give way to a medium-bodied, rich, concentrated effort that’s only hinting at its ultimate potential today. Give it 2-3 years and enjoy over the following decade or more.

2016 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch

Rating:  96

Jeb Dunnuck, June 5, 2018

The 2016 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch comes from a well-known Russian River vineyard. Brioche, apple blossom, and white flower notes all emerge from this textbook Russian River Chardonnay. It has tons of ripe, classic orchard fruits, good acidity, and a layered, ripe texture. It also has brilliant purity of fruit.

2016 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard

Rating:  93+

Jeb Dunnuck, June 5, 2018

From a site in the Sonoma Mountains, the 2016 Chardonnay McCrea is an elegant, racy at times, Chardonnay that has building minerality in its white flowers, brioche, and citrus-driven bouquet. It a brilliant, mouthwatering effort that’s going to put on weight with time in bottle.

2016 Chardonnay Stone Flat Vineyard

Rating:  94+

Jeb Dunnuck, June 5, 2018

Sourced all from the Durrell Vineyard, yet from a single block and clone, the 2016 Chardonnay Stone Flat Vineyard is closed and tight at present, yet has incredibly clean citrus, white flowers, and crushed rock nuances. With medium body, racy acidity, yet gorgeous balance and purity, give bottles 2-3 years and it will keep for a decade or more.

2016 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard

Rating: 94+

Jeb Dunnuck, June 5, 2018

Sourced all from the Durrell Vineyard, yet from a single block and clone, the 2016 Chardonnay Stone Flat Vineyard is closed and tight at present, yet has incredibly clean citrus, white flowers, and crushed rock nuances. With medium body, racy acidity, yet gorgeous balance and purity, give bottles 2-3 years and it will keep for a decade or more.

2016 Pinot Noir Laguna Ridge Vineyard

Rating: 95+

Jeb Dunnuck, June 5, 2018

From sandy loam soils and all Calera clone, the 2016 Pinot Noir Laguna Ridge Vineyard is terrific but is going to reward short-term cellaring. Bing cherry, black raspberry, cassis, and smoked earth/charcoal notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, fresh, tight, backward 2016 that has beautiful concentration and depth. Hide bottles for 3-4 years at a minimum.