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Kistler Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Hirsch Vineyard 2001

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Located across the deep canyon of the South Fork of the Gualala River, the vineyards are planted almost entirely to Pinot Noir and are a main reason for the excitement about and new attention focused on this growing area (though David Hirsch planted his first vineyards here in 1979). The Hirsch Vineyards are also planted at an elevation of about 1200 feet in order to be above the chilling summer fogs that blow into the canyon from the ocean. The Chardonnay vineyard at Hirsch is dramatically sited at the peak and both sides of a very steep hill. The unusually richly flavored fruit produces a very delicious and distinctive Chardonnay. 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.

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Kistler Vineyards:
In 1977 and 1978 while we were searching Napa and Sonoma Counties for an outstanding site for our own vineyards and winery, we also were looking for the best existing vineyards to use as grape sources for the wines we would make before our own vineyards started producing. Fortunately, this was a time when grapes were available for purchase from some of the finest vineyards in Napa and Sonoma, i... Read more
In 1977 and 1978 while we were searching Napa and Sonoma Counties for an outstanding site for our own vineyards and winery, we also were looking for the best existing vineyards to use as grape sources for the wines we would make before our own vineyards started producing. Fortunately, this was a time when grapes were available for purchase from some of the finest vineyards in Napa and Sonoma, including Dutton Ranch in the Russian River Valley of western Sonoma County. In our first decade we were extremely fortunate to gain access to chardonnay grapes from two of the finest vineyards in the Napa/Sonoma area. In 1986 we started producing Chardonnay from the Durell Vineyard, immediately adjacent to Sonoma-Cutrer's Les Pierres vineyard in the southern Sonoma Valley. In 1988 we began producing Chardonnay from the McCrea Vineyard, located in the mountains on the west side of Sonoma Valley. In 1993 we leased the McCrea Vineyard and began farming it ourselves. In 1994 we began producing Chardonnay from the outstanding Hudson and Hyde Vineyards in Carneros. In addition, in recent years we have acquired land and planted additional pinot noir and chardonnay vineyards near our winery, and sites on the Sonoma Coast west of Occidental and near Freestone. Read less

External Reviews for Kistler Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Hirsch Vineyard

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

From a vineyard associated more with Pinot Noir than Chardonnay, the 2001 Chardonnay Hirsch Vineyard exhibits a light gold color as well as a big, earthy, mineral-filled bouquet with notions of scorched smoke, citrus oil, and a striking liquid stone ... Robert Parker. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2001 Kistler Chardonnay Hirsch Vineyard 750ml



Located across the deep canyon of the South Fork of the Gualala River, the vineyards are planted almost entirely to Pinot Noir and are a main reason for the excitement about and new attention focused on this growing area (though David Hirsch planted his first vineyards here in 1979). The Hirsch Vineyards are also planted at an elevation of about 1200 feet in order to be above the chilling summer fogs that blow into the canyon from the ocean. The Chardonnay vineyard at Hirsch is dramatically sited at the peak and both sides of a very steep hill. The unusually richly flavored fruit produces a very delicious and distinctive Chardonnay. 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.

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