The 2011 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard is the only Chardonnay here that includes some Mt. Eden clone fruit, which gives the wine a level of aromatic nuance and translucence generally not found in the other wines. White flowers, apples, pears and lemon are some of the many notes that take shape in Chardonnay that captures a gorgeous stylistic middle ground in the Kistler range. The 2011 is all about crystalline purity and delineation. At the same time, there is plenty of mid-palate depth and pliancy. Drink 2016-2023
Sonoma Valley AVA is an appellation in California, USA. It is the oldest wine region north of San Francisco and is located on the western side of the Mayacamas Mountains, which separate it from the Napa Valley. The valley nearly touches the Russian river valley to the north-west and reaches the Sonoma portion of Carneros in the south. With steep mountains on either side there are great variations in climate and geology, which gives way to many different grape varieties and styles. The most notable varieties are Chardonnay and Zinfandel but also Cabernet and Merlot from hillside sites.