Kistler Reviews

Kistler fall 2018 Release

Kistler Reviews Reviews

Wine Advocate, Reviewed by: Lisa Perrotti-Brown

2016 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard

Rating: 94+

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. Reviewed by: Lisa Perrotti-Brown  29th Jun 2018

2016 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch

Rating: 95

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. Reviewed by: Lisa Perrotti-Brown  29th Jun 2018

2016 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard

Rating: 93+

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. Wine Advocate, Reviewed by: Lisa Perrotti-Brown  29th Jun 2018

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

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. Reviewed by: Lisa Perrotti-Brown  29th Jun 2018

2016 Pinot Noir Laguna Ridge Vineyard

Rating: 94+

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: Lisa Perrotti-Brown  29th Jun 2018

 

Reviewed by: Jeb Dunnuck

2016 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard

Rating:  94+

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. Reviewed by: Jeb Dunnuck 06/05/2018

2016 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch

Rating:  96

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. Reviewed by: Jeb Dunnuck 06/05/2018

2016 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard

Rating:  93+

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. Reviewed by: Jeb Dunnuck 06/05/2018

2016 Chardonnay Stone Flat Vineyard

Rating:  94+

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. Reviewed by: Jeb Dunnuck 06/05/2018

2016 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard

Rating: 94+

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. Reviewed by: Jeb Dunnuck 06/05/2018

2016 Pinot Noir Laguna Ridge Vineyard

Rating: 95+

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. Reviewed by: Jeb Dunnuck 06/05/2018

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Antonio Galloni

2015 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard Cuvée Cathleen

Score: 96

The 2015 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard Cuvée Cathleen is ample, full-bodied and distinctive, as it always is. Distinctly mineral and savory, the Cuvée Cathleen captures the magic of this tenderloin within the west-facing section of Steve Kistler’s original Moon Mountain vineyard. As always, the Cuvée Cathleen is a Chardonnay of phenolic intensity and structure, with explosive energy and tons of personality. — Antonio Galloni

2015 Kistler Chardonnay Laguna Ridge Vineyard

Score: 95

An addition to the range, the 2015 Chardonnay Laguna Ridge was bottled only in magnum. The 2015 is wonderfully translucent, with striking layers of nuance and flavor buttressed by a backbone of salinity. One of the more focused, vibrant wines in this range, the Laguna Ridge is also one of the few wines in this range I would be tempted to cellar for a few years. Part of that is the magnum only format of course. Hints of smoke, dried pear and graphite add the closing shades of complexity in this deeply expressive Chardonnay. — Antonio Galloni

2015 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard

Score: 94

The 2015 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard offers striking finesse to play off a tropically-leaning profile that is somewhat unusual for this wine. Scents of tangerine, pineapple, mint and dried flowers are nicely delineated. Medium in body but with superb depth, the 2015 has a lot to say. The 2015 finishes with substantial weight and gravitas that only add to its considerable appeal. Over the last year, the fruit expression has become more overt than it was at the outset. — Antonio Galloni

2015 Chardonnay Trenton Roadhouse

Score: 93

The 2015 Chardonnay Trenton Roadhouse is deep, powerful and quite expressive, with a distinctive stony character that marks the mid-palate. Orchard fruit and floral notes appear later, but the Trenton Roadhouse is defined by its center of minerality and savory notes that dominate over the more obvious expression of fruit that is found in some of the other wines. — Antonio Galloni

2015 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard

Score: 93

The 2015 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard offers good immediacy and plenty of up-front appeal, if not quite the nuance, delineation or complexity of the most expressive wines here. Next to the other wines in this range, the Hyde offers plenty of fruit depth and richness, but I would have liked to see more Hyde character, especially given the pedigree of this site. Today, the Hyde is uncharacteristically timid. — Antonio Galloni

2015 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard

Score: 97

The 2015 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard is stellar. In this range, the Kistler Vineyard Chardonnay is distinguished by its bright aromatics, lift and nuance, all of which confer a great deal of freshness. This hillside site, with its myriad exposures, volcanic ash soils and a mix of Wente and Mount Eden clone Chardonnay on St. George rootstock yields Chardonnays of unparallelled class and distinction. This is a dazzling wine from Kistler. — Antonio Galloni

2015 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard

Score: 93+
The weight and power of the vintage really come through in the 2015 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard, and yet the wine doesn’t feel quite put together just yet. Even so, there is good depth and creaminess to the tropically-leaning flavors, along with that super-classic hint of matchstick reduction that is such a signature of Hudson Chardonnays. In this tasting, the Hudson is a bit awkward. I would give it another 6-12 months in bottle. — Antonio Galloni

2015 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch

Score: 94

The 2015 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch is another rich, ample wine. Here, the interplay of bright minerality, savoriness and structure is quite appealing. Sage, menthol, dried pear and chamomile add layers of dimension to this very pretty, layered Chardonnay. All the elements simply fall into place in this effortless, super-distinctive wine. — Antonio Galloni

2015 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard

Score: 93

Kistler’s 2015 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard is soft, open-knit and gracious, all of which will make it easy to drink and appreciate upon release. Orchard fruit, dried flowers, chamomile and almond notes grace a subtle, understated Chardonnay that speaks in hushed tones. Today, the McCrea is a bit subdued relative to how it showed from tank. — Antonio Galloni

2015 Chardonnay Stone Flat Vineyard

Score: 93

The 2015 Chardonnay Stone Flat Vineyard is marked by expressive citrus and floral notes, with a bit more lift, translucence and brighter acids than the Durrell, which lies a few feet away and is planted with the same clonal material, but on different rootstock. Even with all of the natural richness of the year, the Stone Flat is quite gracious and delicate. Bright, saline notes extend the finish nicely. — Antonio Galloni

2015 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard

Score: 94

Breadth, power and richness are the signatures in the 2015 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard. The 2015 has really come together nicely over the last year. Creamy and generous, with terrific resonance, the Durell will appeal most to readers who like larger Chardonnays. Naturally forming small clusters and small berries in these diseased vines give the Durell much of its distinctive personality. — Antonio Galloni

2015 Pinot Noir Silver Belt Cuvée Natalie

Score: 97

Another standout, Kistler’s 2015 Pinot Noir Silver Belt Cuvée Natalie is a potent, massively concentrated wine. The presence of Swan clone Pinot as a complement to the Calera clone gives the Cuvée Natalie a palpable sense of aromatic lift and a slightly redder profile than the Laguna Ridge. Rose petal, mint, lavender and raspberry jam are some of the many notes that build as this racy, voluptuous Pinot shows off its personality. Deep, pliant and super-expressive, the Cuvée Natalie appears to have a very bright future. — Antonio Galloni

2015 Pinot Noir Laguna Ridge Vineyard

Score: 98

The 2015 Pinot Noir Laguna Ridge (formerly Kistler Vineyard) is just as riveting from bottle as it was from tank. Inky, deep and explosive, the 2015 hits the palate with a rush of blue/purplish fruit, creme de cassis, lavender, menthol, game, white flowers and incense. Vivid and spectacularly rich, this full-throttle Pinot has so much to offer. The tannins need time to soften, but all the elements are in the right place. A flourish of floral and savory notes add the closing layers of complexity. — Antonio Galloni