2016 Kistler Chardonnay Vine Hill Road Vineyard

Year: 2016
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 96
Jeb Dunnuck: 96
White Wine
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"Coming from the “home” vineyard, the 2016 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard opens with opulent fresh ginger, pineapple paste and guava scents with underlying accents of yuzu, hazelnuts, honeycomb and allspice. Rich, spicy and decadent in the mouth, it has a lively backbone of freshness lifting the many layers to a long, savory and spice-laced finish." (WA)

"From vines around the estate in the Russian River, the 2016 Chardonnay Vine Hill is another rich, opulent effort that does everything right. White peach, caramelized pineapple, and white flower notes give way to a full-bodied Chardonnay that has building saltiness, good acidity, and a great finish. Both rich and fresh, it is an undeniably beautiful wine.

There’s been a distinct style change at Kistler, with winemaker Jason Kesner purposely pulling back on the harvest dates and making a classic, age-worthy style of both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. He’s done this without sacrificing depth, concentration, or richness, and these latest 2016s are truly brilliant wines." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Green-tinged pale yellow. Savory soil influenced aromatics threaded with markers of struck flint and wet stone. Deeply textured yet tightly-wound and sharply delineated. Layered flavors of lime blossom, green orchard fruit and crushed rock. Finishes as always with impressive length, energy and spine.