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2016 Kistler Vineyard Chardonnay

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97 points
Lisa Perrotti-Brown

The 2016 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard opens with complex savory and earthy notes of yeast extract, baking bread, toasted almonds, crushed rocks and sandy soil with a core of warm grapefruit, preserved lemons, kumquats and nectarines plus a waft of oyster shell. Medium to full-bodied, super intense and tight-knit in the mouth, it has tons of earthy/savory layers and a long mineral and steel-laced finish.

96 points
Antonio Galloni

The 2016 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard, from Steve Kistler's original vineyard on Moon Mountain, shows a real sense of hillside structure in its deep, phenolic personality. There is a feeling of real textural depth and substance that runs through the KV. A whole range of citrus, floral and savory notes give the wine its distinctive character. There is just so much going on. In 2016, I have a slight preference for the KV over the Cuvée Cathleen, which emerges from a separate part of the property.

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