2015 Kistler "McCrea Vineyard" Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay (Previously $130)

SKU #1313695 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 With an underlying richness, this medium-bodied white never forgets about its throughput of acidity, allowing for an undeniable crispness on the palate. Floral on the nose in apple and orange blossom, it shows a stony character that speaks to mineral components like oystershell and rock. (VB)  (7/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard features enticing notes of ripe grapefruit, white peaches and lime leaves with nuances of baking bread, fresh ginger and coriander seed. Medium to full-bodied, richly fruited and delivering a decadent oiliness to the texture, it fills the palate with citrus and stone fruit layers, finishing long and spicy. (LPB)  (6/2018)

93 points Vinous

 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. (AG)  (4/2018)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide

 We have found that Chardonnays hailing from the Sonoma Mountain AVA are often firmer and more structured than their valley-floor cousins, and, while this weighty example fits the bill and is built along slightly tighter lines, it is also remarkably deep in well-defined fruit and long on layered richness. It suggests crisp apples at one moment and fresh limes the next with fine oak in support and persistent accents of lees that make for a patently complex wine, and, however involving it may be at the moment, it is sure to age beautifully and very convincingly makes the case that serious Chardonnay should not be gulped down too soon.  (7/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Exhibits a lively core of citrus-shaded fruit that's tight, intense and lively. Pure and persistent. Drink now through 2022. (JL)  (6/2018)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).