Vineyard planted by the Kistler team on the sandy clay known here as Goldridge between 1992 and 1995. 9,960 bottles filled. Quite broad and open on the nose at first though there is the backdrop of tension and acidity. Richer than many a Sonoma Coast wine but with a fine skein of acidity and real nerve. Lots to chew on. A most agreeable combination of the richness of Chardonnay ripened by the California sun together with the palpable marine influence. Long and impressive. Drink 2018-2026
The 2014 Chardonnay Trenton Roadhouse is one of the more delicate wines in this range. Orchard fruit, lemon confit, white flowers and mint shape this attractive, understated Chardonnay. I would prefer to drink the 2014 over the next few years, while the fruit remains vibrant. This is an exceptionally polished Chardonnay from Kistler. Drink 2019-2024
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.