Kistler Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay 2012

$68

The Kistler 2012 Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay is a special blend of wines from Kistler's vineyards. The wine is of the same high quality as Kistler's single vineyard chardonnays but, through blending, they are able to create a high quality wine, with a consistent flavor profile. 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 and makes it an excellent accompaniment to a wide range of foods. It is richly textured with a long, lingering finish. Winery Notes:  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. The vineyards are planted to California Heritage clones that were selected specifically over the last 30 years to ripen to our balanced wine standards. They are some of the oldest Chardonnay vineyards in Sonoma County. When coupled with the selections in the vineyard the textbook growing conditions afford a wine that is decidedly Sonoma Mountain in character. Annually some of our earliest vineyard pickings each year, this is a wine driven by a grounded, focused mineral core yet lifted by striking ethereal tones of vibrant light fruit raised at elevation.  

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Ratings on Delectable

Courtney Cochran Delectable Pro

Sommelier/Host hiptastes.com

I'm not in the mood to apologize. Because sometimes the secret you don't want to get out is that big Chards are the bees knees, the slap on the back you need to get to get that skip back in your step, the rock ballad you blast at full volume (windows up, natch)...And really, what's not to like in this crushed cashew-laid-over -candied-lemon-peel pleaser, this fleshy white peach-riddled hothouse flower, this pineapple custard cutie?? But in all seriousness, there is straight-up respectable structure here, pert-enough acidity to be fresh-ish, and a lingering finish with just enough soupçon of minerality to be decent. In short, what's not to like? ***Don't be haters, yo***

I'm not in the mood to apologize. Because sometimes the secret you don't want to get out is that big Chards are the bees knees, the slap on the back you need to get to get that skip back in your step, the rock ballad you blast at full volume (windows up, natch)...And really, what's not to like in this crushed cashew-laid-over -candied-lemon-peel pleaser, this fleshy white peach-riddled hothouse flower, this pineapple custard cutie?? But in all seriousness, there is straight-up respectable structure here, pert-enough acidity to be fresh-ish, and a lingering finish with just enough soupçon of minerality to be decent. In short, what's not to like? ***Don't be haters, yo***

9.5

Sara Beer Delectable Pro

Lovely minerality in a CA chardonnay, nice balance and texture

Lovely minerality in a CA chardonnay, nice balance and texture

9.0

Freemark Wine Enjoyer

Fantastic. At Hubkas. With gnocchi and truffles

Fantastic. At Hubkas. With gnocchi and truffles

9.1

Joe Lucca

Honeyed peaches and citrus zest on the nose. The palate is viscous with beeswax, petrol, almonds, cashews, apricots, candied Meyer lemon peel, and peach pit. Finishes cleanly with wet stones and a hint of caramel.

Honeyed peaches and citrus zest on the nose. The palate is viscous with beeswax, petrol, almonds, cashews, apricots, candied Meyer lemon peel, and peach pit. Finishes cleanly with wet stones and a hint of caramel.

9.4

Joe Buckel

Very creamy, ripe fruit, not balanced lacking acidity

Very creamy, ripe fruit, not balanced lacking acidity

8.8

Stacey

2012, smooth and buttery with apple!

2012, smooth and buttery with apple!

9.0

Nicholas Moryl

Notes of green apple (jolly rancher!) and the expected butter on the nose and the finish. Surprisingly tart but not too dry, good minerality

Notes of green apple (jolly rancher!) and the expected butter on the nose and the finish. Surprisingly tart but not too dry, good minerality

9.5

Justin Matijcio

This was delish. Nice body

This was delish. Nice body

10

Michael Ochsner

Little closed on the nose. Amazing integration on the palate.

Little closed on the nose. Amazing integration on the palate.

8.6

Brett Evje

47.50. Hot nose. Little young tasting.

47.50. Hot nose. Little young tasting.

8.4

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