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With summer here and the temperature rising, it’s the perfect time to sip chilled white wine on the deck in the backyard, isn’t it? That’s why we chose Kistler Vineyards as this Friday’s Featured Artisan – their world class chardonnays have been winning awards (and wine lover’s hearts) since their first vintage, a small production of 3,500 cases in 1979.
Kistler was founded by Steve Kistler and his family in beautiful Sonoma County, California, a county north of San Francisco famed for its wine-growing terrior, much like its neighbor, Napa County. Each of Kistler’s ten chardonnays are grown in their own single vineyard, all from the same heritage chardonnay clone that the family has been raising for thirty years. During the harvest season, each acre yields close to two and a half tons of chardonnay grapes. All ten bottlings undergo the same winemaking process, with the difference in personality of the wine being solely based on the vineyard in which the grapes are grown.
Kistler wines are incredibly sought-after – so much so, that the winery has an extensive waiting list for wine lovers just to get their hands on a bottle. But if you’re anxious to try it now, you’re in luck! A superfan of Kistler chardonnays ourselves, we at GiftTree are delighted to offer three distinct chardonnays in our collection of fine wine gifts. From the vineyards of Dutton Ranch, Sonoma Mountain and McCrea, these three chardonnays boast their own distinct profiles, ranging from aromas of smoke or white flowers, to tasting notes of white peach, lemon curd or almond oil. Placed in any one of our luxury bases, a bottle of Kistler Vineyards chardonnay is a perfect summertime offering, and an impressive one at that. There’s no wrong answer here – explore our tasting notes of each bottle, and discover which distinctive chardonnay you’re drawn to the most.
If the Kistler Winery could be magically transported to the middle of Burgundy’s Côte d’Or, it would quickly gain a reputation as glorious as any producer of Burgundy grand crus.
— Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate