Following the brilliant success of Kistler’s 2007s, Steve Kistler and his sidekick, Mark Bixler, deserve kudos for what they have achieved in the more challenging 2008 vintage. This is the first vintage in which 100% of the fermentations were indigenous, and, fortunately, all their Sonoma Coast vineyards were far enough south that they were not tainted by any of the smoke from the ferocious fires that spread through Mendocino. The 2008s appear to be slightly more fruit-forward, with a touch less minerality than the 2007s. They are full-bodied, impressively endowed wines, with the Chardonnays best drunk during their first 5-7 years of life, and the Pinot Noirs during their first 10-12.
A pioneering presence in the Sonoma Coast appellation of California, Kistler Vineyards is renowned for compellingly layered, lively Burgundian-style Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Since its first vintage in 1979, the winery has grown in size to produce 25,000 cases per year. Grapes are estate grown and purchased from vineyards in Sonoma County. Low-yield farming, along with a philosophy of minimal intervention, ensures wines of vibrancy and elegance.
In 1992, Kistler Vineyards moved all production to its Vine Hill Road Vineyard in the Russian River Valley.