Kistler Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2000
Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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 barrel unracked and in contact with all its fermentation lees has undergone a malolactic fermentation, receives minimal handling and processing, and is bottled unfiltered and, if clarity permits, unfined after 11-18 months of barrel age.
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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.