Kistler Vineyards is a small, family established and privately owned and operated winery dedicated to the vinification of world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir using old world Burgundian techniques applied to new world vineyards. The northern and western most of Kistler’s Chardonnay plantings lie in their Sonoma Coast vineyards. Metered by the persistent influence of the Pacific, these sites all owe their soils to the sands derived from ancient ocean bed layers. This Gold Ridge soil series produces wines driven in part by the soil influenced earth tones that come by way of the noble sulfides produced during fermentation, which are layered over their stone and orchard fruit core. The barrels are crafted from French oak, and the wines are bottled unfiltered and unfined. The Chardonnay is barrel fermented in subterranean, gravel floor barrel rooms, and is aged sur lie in those same barrels for 11-18 months. Les Noisetiers gets its name from the consistent toasted hazelnut characteristic this wine displays vintage after vintage.