2018 Kistler Chardonnay Vine Hill Road Vineyard

Year: 2018
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 96
Jeb Dunnuck: 99
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.4%
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"The 2018 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard offers lush aromas of yellow peaches, saline, crushed hazelnuts, wet hay and notes of dried flowers and honeycomb appearing with time in the glass. In the mouth, it has a medium weight, ultra silky texture and expansive flavor layers, framed by addicting juiciness and finishing extraordinarily long. What a stunner!" (WA)

"The 2018 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard is another stellar wine in this range. The natural richness of these 30+-year-old vines on AxR rootstock comes through loud and clear. Lemon confit, butter, spice, apricot and lightly honeyed notes all grace this wonderfully inviting, Chardonnay. The Vine Hill, from the Kistler winery property in the Russian River Valley, is another wine that eloquently captures the essence of site." (VM)

"One of my favorites in the lineup was the 2018 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard. Another pure, flawlessly balanced 2018. It reveals a medium gold hue along with captivating notes of caramelized apple, lemon curd, honeyed flowers, and salty, rocky minerality, racy acidity, and a great, great finish. California Chardonnay doesn’t get much better! Give bottles 2-4 years and enjoy over the following decade or more.

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. Aromas of green orchard fruit skins, lime blossom and roasted grains with crushed rock and earthen underpinnings. Deeply textured yet tightly wound and delineated given its low pH nature. Displays in full measure the adroit interplay between weight and tension that the Vine Hill site allows for. Finishes with impressive length, energy and spine.