Kistler Reviews

Kistler Spring 2017 Release

Kistler Reviews Reviews

Antonio Galloni

2014 Kistler Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard Cuvée Cathleen

Score: 94-97

The 2014 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard Cuvée Cathleen provides a fascinating contrast to the straight Kistler Vineyard bottling, as this parcel is all Wente clone Chardonnay. Intensely vivid and layered, the Cuvée Cathleen is exceptionally beautiful, especially in the way it offers so much depth with no excess weight. — Antonio Galloni

2014 Kistler Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard

Score: 93-96

The 2014 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard, from the first parcel Steve Kistler bought, remains one of the most distinctive wines in the range. White flowers, mint, lemon peel and white pepper all lift from the glass. Nuanced and vivid, yet remarkably subtle, the KV Chardonnay is arguably the most refined Chardonnay in the range. Interestingly, this is the only site Kistler works with that is partly planted with Mount Eden Clone Chardonnay, some of it still on St. George rootstock. Today, the 2014 is compelling. — Antonio Galloni

2014 Kistler Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard

Score: 91-94

The 2014 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is one of the more immediate wines in this range. Mineral and savory notes dominate over the fruit today. The Hyde is dense and powerful, but not as fully formed as some of the other wines in the lineup. — Antonio Galloni

2014 Kistler Chardonnay Trenton Roadhouse

Score: 90-93

The 2014 Chardonnay Trenton Roadhouse is one of the most airy, weightless wines in this range. Floral, mint and orchard fruit notes all meld together effortlessly. It will be interesting to see if the 2014 puts on more weight in bottle. Today it is aromatically expressive, but a bit more elusive on the palate. — Antonio Galloni

2014 Kistler Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard

Score: 92-95

A wine of raw power and structure, the 2014 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard comes across as not fully formed, and yet there is so much going on in the glass. The flavors and texture are quite intense in the Vine Hill, where a real sense of phenolic weight underpins the attractive lemon, apricot and chamomile notes. — Antonio Galloni

 

Robert Parker Jr.

Robert Parker Jr. will taste the 2014 chardonnays in February.

 

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Antonio Galloni

2014 Kistler Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard

Score: 94-97

One of the clear highlights today, the 2014 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard is simply magnificent. Striking aromatics make a strong first impression. Yellow orchard fruit, mint and white pepper are all finely knit in this wonderfully nuanced, expressive Chardonnay, with a subtle underlying vein of reduction that adds the closing shade of nuance. — Antonio Galloni

2014 Kistler Chardonnay Dutton Ranch

Score: 91-94

The 2014 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch is beautifully centered. Hints of almond, white flowers and lemon peel flesh out in a Chardonnay that exudes depth. Oily and textured on the palate, yet also tightly wound, the Dutton Ranch appears to be holding back much of its potential. — Antonio Galloni

2014 Kistler Chardonnay Stone Flat

Score: 91-94

The 2014 Chardonnay Stone Flat Vineyard is right across the road from Durrell, yet it is so remarkably different in style. Candied lemon, honey and mint are all pushed forward. The Stone Flat presents an intriguing combination of creaminess and minerality. — Antonio Galloni

2014 Kistler Chardonnay Durell Vineyard

Score: 91-93

The 2014 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard has a lovely spine of energy and phenolic intensity running through the fruit. Candied lemon peel, white flowers, honey and chamomile are all laced together. There is an attractive flintiness to the 2014, but no sense of heaviness whatsoever. — Antonio Galloni

2014 Kistler Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard

Score: 90-93

The 2014 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard is gorgeous. Lemon oil, white flowers, mint and white pepper are all laced together. Feminine, gracious and understated, the McCrea is beautifully balanced throughout. — Antonio Galloni

2014 Kistler Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard

Score: 94-97

The 2014 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard opens with huge, soaring aromatics. Vivid and wonderfully nuanced throughout, is both racy and refined, with bold up-front fruit and a fleshy personality that holds considerable near and medium-term appeal. Lifted aromatics and intense red cherry/pomegranate fruit flesh out in this superb, deeply expressive Pinot. There is a lot to look forward to, that is for sure. — Antonio Galloni

2014 Kistler Pinot Noir Silver Belt Cuvée Natalie

Score: 94-97

Kistler’s 2014 Pinot Noir Silver Belt Cuvée Natalie emerges from a site planted with both Swan and Calera clone Pinot. Quite unusually for a Kistler Pinot, the Cuvée Natalie does not offer much in the way of near-term appeal, but rather it comes across as a wine that is going to need time to fully come together. The flavors are intense, dark and powerful. Smoke, black cherry, plum and licorice extend into a long finish supported by beams of firm tannin. The Cuvée Natalie is shaping up to be a real jewel of a wine. — Antonio Galloni

Robert Parker Jr.

2014 Kistler Pinot Noir Silver Belt Cuvée Natalie

Score: 91-93

The two tank samples of the 2014 Pinot Noirs showed a more restrained, softer style of wines that are more front-end loaded. The 2014 Pinot Noir Cuvee Natalie Silver Belt is more earthy, deeper, darker and more primordial, but the strawberry and black cherry notes are prominent. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.

2014 Kistler Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard

Score: 90-92

The two tank samples of the 2014 Pinot Noirs showed a more restrained, softer style of wines that are more front-end loaded. The 2014 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard has loads of strawberries, berry fruit a medium body, light tannin and a good pure, fresh finish.