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2018 Kistler Cuvée Cathleen Vineyard Chardonnay

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Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate

The 2018 Chardonnay Cuvée Cathleen opens slowly on the nose, with toast, iodine and flint to begin, segueing to aromas of apple pie, quince paste, honeycomb, hazelnuts, pastry and loads upon loads of floral nuances. Medium-bodied, it explodes in the mouth, uber silky and packing in more flavor than seems possible, which lingers and is then refreshed by tangy acidity and rocky minerality, finishing extraordinarily long with continually developing flavors. Unbelievable!

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2018 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard Cuvee Cathleen comes from slightly younger vines (planted in the 1990s) and is on the east side of this windy vineyard and gets more afternoon sun. This cuvée is always a riper, more opulent wine compared to the straight Kistler Vineyard release, and the 2018 is no exception, yielding incredible notes of Meyer lemon, nectarines, honeysuckle, grilled bread, and liquid rock-like minerality. One of those wines that offers incredible richness yet not a hint of heaviness, it's full-bodied, has a stacked mid-palate, gorgeous acidity, and a monster of a finish. Give bottles 2-4 years of bottle age, count yourself lucky, and enjoy over the following 15-20 years.

Antonio Galloni, Vinous

The 2018 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard Cuvée Cathleen emerges from a tenderloin of vines on a west-facing hillside rich in broken shale. A Chardonnay of tension and crystalline purity Cuvée Cathleen presents a stunning expression of Moon Mountain. Apple, orchard fruit, white flowers and crushed rocks all grace this captivating Chardonnay from Kistler. The 2018 is just superb.

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