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2015 Kistler - New Chardonnay Release From A Cali Icon - 03/08/2017 - Chardonnay (domestic)

Kistler is undeniably one of the most revered names when it comes to California Chardonnay. Since 1978, this iconic estate has focused on producing wines of a classic, Burgundian mold and in so doing quickly became the darling of critics and collectors alike. Given their long standing reputation, every year it is with great anticipation that we await their current releases. This was especially true this year, as Sonoma enjoyed such strong vintage in 2015, we knew Kistler would deliver an extra special set of wines. Our first taste arrived in the form of the 2015 Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay; a picture perfect example of the heights Kistler can achieve. While not yet reviewed, there’s little question this 2015 will earn high marks and accolades.

Elegantly styled, but also with no shortage of intensity it bursts with orchard and tropical fruits. Secondary elements of lemon, brioche, toasty oak, and honey all come into the mix along with a lush presentation that finishes with clean and refreshing acidity. The oak elements are perfectly integrated with the fruit giving the wine clear focus from start to finish. Both fans of Burgundy and California Chardonnay will find this 2015 utterly irresistible - it brings to mind a top flight Meursault. Given the Kistler name and our limited allocation, we expect the Sonoma Mountain Chard to sell out quickly. Don’t wait to add this glorious 2015 to your collection.

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2015 Kistler Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay ($64.99)

Grown in the hills above the Sonoma Valley on well-drained, volcanic soils, this Chardonnay is known for its elegance and balance. About Kistler's winemaking from Robert Parker: "This winery has long featured some of the finest terroirs on the Sonoma Coast and Russian River for Chardonnays, and their approach has clearly been very Burgundian, with full malolactic fermentation, no acid adjustments and letting the vineyard and clonal material push its personality to the forefront. Perhaps the biggest change of all has been the shift to 100% indigenous yeast fermentations for all the wines." (12/2013)

Staff ImageMari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 01, 2017

The 2015 Kistler Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay is everything you could want in a classic Cali Chard. Intense tropical and citrus notes along with a judicious amount of caramelized toast and brioche are matched on the palate with a full body, and glycerol creaminess. And just when you think this wine is about to go over the top, the bright, zippy acidity from the Sonoma Mountain AVA keeps it in check and creates a complete and balanced crowd-pleaser Chardonnay.

Staff ImageGary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2017

These wines always change my view when it comes to high-tier domestic whites. Many expressions of Chardonnay at this price point are overblown and heavy, indicating that I am subsidizing the estate's new barrel program rather than paying for a well-made, balanced Chardonnay. I trust Kistler with my money and you should too. These wines are worth every penny and it's clear that the price point is reflective of the quality of the wine and the people behind the production. Arguably the best producer of white wines in California. Period.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2017

The wonderful '15 Kistler Sonoma Mountain lives up to every expectation. A big nose of ripe tropical fruit, well integrated toasty oak, and decadent vanilla cream. The powerful nose makes you expect a total monster on the palate and it is REALLY rich, but there's this lovely lemony zesty side that reminds us, yes indeed this is Chardonnay. Really the total package from the highest quality Sonoma Mountain Chard producer.

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2017

Kistler's 2015 Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay was the first Kistler wine I have tasted and I can see why it is so popular. Elegant and balanced, this wine offers all you'd want in a California Chardonnay. The fresh citrus and tropical fruit combined with luscious richness, toasty oak and bright acid come together to make a tasty well-rounded Chardonnay.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 27, 2017

This is the perfect entry into one of the most recognizable Chardonnay producers of California, giving you a lovely overview of why Kistler is so highly rated. Made from a cuvee of all of the terroir Kistler works with, this is the overview wine that allows people to glimpse what this winery has to offer. Rich fruit on the nose gives a hint to the power and focus of this wine. Lots of stone fruit, with little hints of tropical lushness and wet rock are carried forward on a core of acid the leads to a long finish. Well balanced and very clean despite being a big wine in some ways.