Kistler Vineyards

Kistler Vineyards is a small, family-owned and -operated winery in the Russian River Valley specializing in the production of Burgundian-styled Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

The vineyard sources for the wines stretch from western Sonoma county, some five miles from the Pacific to Carneros, just north of San Francisco Bay. The majority of the vineyards are owned and farmed by Kistler Vineyards. The vineyards are meticulously farmed, in order to produce wines of intense focus, and natural balance. Yields average two and a half tons per acre. Both the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are crafted utilizing classic Burgundian techniques. The wines are produced solely by native yeasts and the barrels are crafted from French oak that is aged to our specifications and specifically tailored to our program. All of the wines are bottled unfiltered and unfined.

Each of the ten vineyard designated Chardonnays are marked first and foremost by regional characteristics. Beyond that lies the personality of each of the vineyards from which they hail. All of the sites are planted to the same clone, a California heritage selection that has been used for close to thirty years. Each wine is produced in the same fashion, with the focus being on the traditional techniques that elicit the earth driven, complex noble sulfides and resulting minerality inherent in the fruit from each site. Kistler Chardonnay is barrel fermented in our subterranean, gravel floor barrel rooms, and is aged sur lie in those same barrels, remaining for eleven to eighteen months until bottling.

Currently Kistler produces four vineyard designated Pinot Noirs. Each of these wines is crafted from the same clonal material; two small clustered low yielding clones that were imported from a Grand Cru vineyard in Burgundy which they began propagating over 20 years ago. Kistler Pinot Noir is fermented in small open top fermenters and the free run juice is barrel aged and remains in barrel for fourteen to eighteen months until bottling.

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Kistler 'Vine Hill' Chardonnay 2015
96  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 96 "Strutting seductive notions of fresh ginger, jasmine, marzipan and brioche over a core of lemon meringue pie, pear tart, apricot preserves and baked pineapples, the 2015 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard is a knock-out beauty. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with opulent

Kistler Pinot Noir 2015
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91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "Kistler's 2015 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is lifted and gracious, with expressive floral notes and bright red berry fruit. The purity of the flavors is quite remarkable. I thought, and frankly expected, the 2015 to retain a bit more of the exuberance it showed from barrel. Today,

Kistler 'McCrea Vyd' Chardonnay 2015
95  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 93-95 "One of the highlights in the range, the 2015 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard is powerful, tightly wound and super-expressive. Intensely savory and mineral, the 2015 has handled the richness of the vintage well. Readers who enjoy rich, phenolic Chardonnays will flip out over the

Kistler 'Les Noisetiers' Chardonnay 2016
The Wine All of our Chardonnays are marked first and foremost by regional characteristics. Beyond that lies the personality of each of the vineyards from which they hail. All of the sites are planted to the same clone, a California heritage selection that we have been using for close to thirty

Kistler 'Russian River' Pinot Noir 2015
" Our goal in crafting our Pinot Noirs is to capture the elusive Pinot character expressed in each of our exceptional coastal sites. We strive to produce elegant, harmonious wines which are impressive for their purity, balance, and lingering perfume. From these sites there is a progression of color

Kistler 'Sonoma Mountain' Chardonnay 2016
Our two vineyards perched in the hills above the Sonoma valley, one in the Mayacama range to the west and one on Sonoma Mountain to the east both produce elegant, lifted wines that speak to the elevated nature of the plantings and the remarkable, well drained volcanic soils present at both sites. 

Occidental 'Sonoma Coast' Pinot Noir 2014
93  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 93 "The 2014 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is a tremendous appellation level Pinot. Deep, textured and resonant, the 2014 possesses striking depth and elegance not to mention impeccable overall balance. Succulent red cherry, smoke, licorice and blood orange infuse this deeply expressive

Kistler 'Sonoma Mountain' Chardonnay 2015
Our two vineyards perched in the hills above the Sonoma valley, one in the Mayacama range to the west and one on Sonoma Mountain to the east both produce elegant, lifted wines that speak to the elevated nature of the plantings and the remarkable, well drained volcanic soils present at both sites. 

Kistler Pinot Noir 2014
93  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90-93 "The 2014 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is striking. Nuanced and sculpted throughout, the Sonoma Coast Pinot offers gorgeous purity and fabulous nuance, especially at this level. Bright red stone fruits, mint and flowers are all beautifully articulated. This is a strong

Kistler 'McCrea Vyd' Chardonnay 2014
93  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90-93 "The 2014 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard is gorgeous. Lemon oil, white flowers, mint and white pepper are all laced together. Feminine, gracious and understated, the McCrea is beautifully balanced throughout. -- Antonio Galloni"  About  Produced since 1988. Located on the eastern

Kistler 'Vine Hill' Chardonnay 2013
96  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 96 "From the vineyard in front of the winery, the 2013 Chardonnay Vine Hill Road Vineyard offers up the classic Old Wente clone style of white peach, white currants, honeysuckle, apple blossom, medium to full body, gorgeous purity and richness in a style similar to a Corton

Kistler 'McCrea Vyd' Chardonnay 2013
94  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 92-94 "Pretty and open-knit, the 2013 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard graces the palate with a lovely sense of understatement. Rich yellow stone fruits take on light tropical and honeyed inflections in the glass. Rich, voluptuous yet quintessentially medium in body, the 2013 should drink

Kistler 'Sonoma Mountain' Chardonnay 2014
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About Kistler: Kistler Vineyards is a small, family established and privately owned and operated winery dedicated to the vinification of world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir using old world Burgundian techniques applied to our new world vineyards.  We have consistently bottled some of the finest

Kistler 'Russian River' Pinot Noir 2013
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90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "Shows a touch of gravelly, dusty earth and cedary oak amid the supple blackberry and wild berry flavors, accented by a savory herb edge. Ends clean and spicy. Drink now. 6,200 cases made. –JL"  " Our goal in crafting our Pinot Noirs is to capture the elusive Pinot character

Kistler 'Sonoma Mountain' Chardonnay 2013
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" The vineyard sources for our wines stretch from western Sonoma county, some five miles from the Pacific to Carneros, just north of San Francisco Bay. The majority of our vineyards are owned and farmed by Kistler Vineyards. We also have long standing relationships with some of the finest growers

Kistler 'McCrea Vyd' Chardonnay 2012
95  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92-95 RP "No tasting notes given."  Vinous 92-94 "Nectarine, orange blossoms, mint, nutmeg and almond all blossom in the 2012 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard. A rich, voluptuous Chardonnay with lovely textural depth and roundness, the 2012 impresses for its balance and pure class. I

Kistler 'Les Noisetiers' Chardonnay 2012
"Kistler Chardonnay is made using traditional French techniques, with the winemaker himself performing the cellar work on the wines. Kistler Chardonnay has a distinct character. It is completely barrel-fermented using indigenous and cultured yeasts, is aged in 50% new French oak barrels unracked and

Kistler 'Russian River' Pinot Noir 2012
"This ridge-top vineyard looks to the coast in one direction and the Russian River Valley in the other. The Vineyard sits on layers of sandstone, granular sediments and some petrified wood and has been the source of the Kistler Vineyard Pinot Noir since 2006. A concentrated wine, with impressive

Kistler 'Sonoma Mountain' Chardonnay 2012
"Our two vineyards perched in the hills above the Sonoma valley, one in the Mayacama range to the west and one on Sonoma Mountain to the east both produce elegant, lifted wines that speak to the elevated nature of the plantings and the remarkable, well drained volcanic soils present at both sites. 

Kistler 'Russian River' Pinot Noir 2011
" Kistler Vineyards is a small, family-owned and -operated winery in the Russian River Valley specializing in the production of Burgundian-styled Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  The vineyard sources for the wines stretch from western Sonoma county, some five miles from the Pacific to Carneros, just

Kistler 'McCrea Vyd' Chardonnay 2011
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92-94 "The 2011 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard is all about detail. Subtle, yet expressive yellow orchard fruits meld into floral notes that add lift and freshness. The McCrea impresses for its delineation and nuance. It is a gorgeous wine all around. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021." ~

Kistler 'Sonoma Mountain' Chardonnay 2011
" Our two vineyards perched in the hills above the Sonoma valley, one in the Mayacama range to the west and one on Sonoma Mountain to the east both produce elegant, lifted wines that speak to the elevated nature of the plantings and the remarkable, well drained volcanic soils present at both sites.

Kistler 'Les Noisetiers' Chardonnay 2010
"Rich, complex smoky aroma of perfect ripe fruit with a delicious noisette note, in a pleasing, Meursault-like style. In the mouth the wine is very delicious, displaying intense, fruit flavors underpinned with toasty oak and smoky flavors. The crisp acidity in the wine highlights the delicious fruit

Kistler 'Sonoma Mountain' Chardonnay 2010
"The Kistler plantings on Sonoma Mountain, situated on a hillside bench perfectly suited for growing world class Chardonnay, are interlaced with the rare combination of red volcanic and fine grained chalky soils. These are east facing terraced vineyards, shadowed from the afternoon sun by giant

Kistler 'Sonoma Mountain' Chardonnay 2009
 "The Kistler plantings on Sonoma Mountain, situated on a hillside bench perfectly suited for growing world class Chardonnay, are interlaced with the rare combination of red volcanic and fine grained chalky soils. These are east facing terraced vineyards, shadowed from the afternoon sun by giant