The vineyard sources for our wines stretch from western Sonoma County, some five miles from the Pacific to Carneros, just north of San Francisco Bay.
The majority of our vineyards are owned and farmed by Kistler Vineyards. We also have long standing relationships with some of the finest growers in Sonoma and Napa County.
Our vineyards are meticulously farmed, in order to produce wines of intense focus, and natural balance. Our yields average two and a half tons per acre.
In deference to site, each of our ten Chardonnay bottlings are grown from the same heritage clone of Chardonnay that we have been raising for thirty years.
Each of those bottlings is vinified in the same fashion, the only difference in the wines being the site on which they are grown.
Both our Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are crafted utilizing classic Burgundian techniques.
Our wines are produced solely by native yeasts. Our barrels are crafted from French oak that is aged to our specifications and specifically tailored to our program. All of our wines are bottled unfiltered and unfined.
Kistler Chardonnay is barrel fermented in our subterranean, gravel floor barrel rooms, and is aged sur lie in those same barrels, remaining for eleven to eighteen months until bottling.
Kistler Pinot Noir is fermented in small open top fermenters and the free run juice is barrel aged and remains in barrel for fourteen to eighteen months until bottling.