2010 Kistler Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard

Year: 2010
Appellation: Sonoma Mountain
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 93
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
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"Fresh and lively, with a subtle mix of white peach, nectarine and chalky crushed rock. Delivers pure and zesty vibrancy on the finish. Drink now through 2019." (WS)

"The 2010 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard is laced with lovely precision and class. White flowers, crushed rocks, yellow stone fruits and apricots emerge from this pretty, expressive Chardonnay. The McCrea is one of the more open 2010s here today. Its essential understated elegance comes through in spades. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.

It is always a pleasure to visit with Steve Kistler and his partner Mark Bixler. The 2011s and 2010s are excellent across the board, although I currently have a preference for the 2011s. Vintage 2011 is shaping up beautifully, for both the Chardonnays and Pinots. As was the case throughout the region, the season was cool and slow to develop. The 2011s were picked at lower sugars than is the norm here, but very much in keeping with the personality of the year. Steve Kistler commented that a poor set in 2011 resulted in their lowest crop loads in years. Like a lot of his colleagues, Kistler noted that the experiences of 2010 had a huge positive impact on how he responded to similar challenges in 2011. The 2010 Chardonnays are beautiful across the board. Although solid, the 2010 Pinots aren’t quite at the level of the superb 2009s and I expect, ultimately, the 2011s. It was a tough vintage for the Pinots. Yields were mercilessly low. Sadly, there is no Cuvee Elizabeth, as the little fruit that came in went into the Kistler Vineyard bottling." (WA)

"($75) Bright gold. Musky aromas of poached pear, peach pit and nutmeg, with a minerally topnote. Concentrated, fleshy and opulent, showing impressively intense peach and pear skin flavors without coming across as overly weighty. Finishes with excellent clarity and length, leaving a spicy note behind." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Green-tinged pale yellow. Impressive aroma of lime blossom, almonds, and citrus fruit, followed by a chalky, mineral overtone. Spicy and sharply focused, it offers penetrating orchard and stone fruit flavors. The mineral element repeats strongly in the pointed finish. Delicious.

Produced since 1988. Located on the eastern flank of Sonoma Mountain where redwoods still thrive in a very rare for the area mix of Sonoma volcanics and limestone. Produces one of our more elegant wines, Chablis like in its markings of white flowers and lime blossom with a chalk driven subtle, ethereal core of fruit.