Kistler McCrea Vineyard Chardonnay 1997

Kistler McCrea Vineyard Chardonnay 1997


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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 in contact with all its fermentation lees, has undergone a malolactic fermentation, receives minimal handling and processing, and is bottled unfiltered and, generally, unfined after 11-18 months of barrel age.
Category White Wine
Country California
Region Sonoma County
Appellation Sonoma Mountain
Brand Kistler
  • wa92-94

Wine AdvocateThe 1997 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard, made from an old Wente clone, personifies this varietal's lemony, buttery, citrusy, mineral style. It offers medium to full body, splendid concentration, considerable richness and texture on the mid-palate, and gorgeous elegance, purity, and overall balance. Tangy acidity gives the wine admirable freshness. It should age well for 5-7 years.

Robert Parker, December 1998
  • ws92

Wine SpectatorSmooth, rich and smoky, with layers of tangerine, pear, fig, hazelnut and honey. Gains richness and depth, turning thick and concentrated on the finish.

James Laube, July 31, 2000