2018 Kistler Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard

Year: 2018
Appellation: Sonoma Mountain
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 97
Jeb Dunnuck: 97
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.7%
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"The 2018 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard is exceptionally expressive and elegant this vintage. Opening with savory notes of prosciutto and mushroom, it fleshes out to ripe white peaches with accents of elderflower, citrus pith and hazelnut. It’s medium-bodied with a satin-like texture and expressive flavor layers, powerful but featherweight, cut through with tangy acidity and mineral notions and finishing incredibly long and ethereal. This is the best McCrea Chardonnay from Kistler I've ever tasted." (WA)

"There’s a boatload of Chardonnay from this reference point estate, and the beauty is that they're all distinct as well as brilliant. Starting with the 2018 Chardonnay McCrea, which comes from the eastern side of Sonoma and limestone soils, it offers a Chassagne-Montrachet-like bouquet of white flowers, lemon blossom, buttered stone fruits, and salty nuts and crushed rock-like nuances. It displays bright acidity, medium body, terrific concentration, and a rock star of a finish. Always one of my favorites in the lineup, it will benefit from a year in bottle and keep for 10-15 years in cold cellars.

Winemaker Jason Kesner continues to put his mark on these wines, pulling back on harvest dates and focusing more on acidity, while not sacrificing concentration and texture. It’s not an easy tightrope to walk, but he’s doing an amazing job. These latest 2018s are truly brilliant, singular wines readers will love to have in their cellar." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Green-tinged, pale yellow. Vibrant, lifted aromatics of both citrus blossom and rind, stone fruit, and a chalky like minerality. Intensely flavored, with good flesh and natural acidity giving the wine presence, definition and poise. Threaded with an energized underlying structure and a marked precision. One of our finest expressions of this site.

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