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The northern and western most of our Chardonnay plantings lie in our Sonoma Coast vineyards. Metered by the persistent influence of the Pacific, these sites all owe their soils to the sands derived from ancient ocean bed layers. This Gold Ridge soil series produces wines driven in part by the soil influenced earth tones that come by way of the noble sulfides produced during fermentation, which are layered over their stone and orchard fruit core.
"Pale-medium yellow. High-pitched aromas of orange zest, nutmeg, talc and dusty stone, with a suggestion of exotic fruits. Dense and chewy but fine-grained and bright, conveying a strong impression of extract. With its deep, intense fruit and mineral flavors, this chardonnay offers considerable immediate appeal, but it also possesses firm backbone for mid-term aging. Very long, palate-dusting finish. "The Hirsch and Hudson vineyards produce very tasty grapes when they get thoroughly ripe," notes Bixler. This one offers glorious chardonnay fruit."
International Wine Cellar
"A new offering, the 2002 Chardonnay Hirsch Vineyard reveals aromas of lemon zest and earth along with big, rich, full-bodied flavors revealing hints of honeyed grapefruit, lemons, and white peaches. Built for the long haul, with considerable intensity...Range: 89-92"
The Wine Advocate
Founded in 1978, Kistler Vineyards is a small, family-owned and operated winery specializing in the production of Burgundian style Chardonnay and limited amounts of Pinot Noir. Grapes are estate grown and purchased from vineyards in Sonoma County. In 1992, Kistler Vineyards moved all production to its Vine Hill Road Vineyard in the Russian River Valley.
Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...Read More About Sonoma County
White Wine's Queen Bee
Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different
soils and different climates. While frequently paired with
its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy,
France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...Read More About Chardonnay
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