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1997 Kistler - Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen 750ml
1997 Kistler - Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen
USA - California - Sonoma
White / Chardonnay
1997 Kistler - Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen
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International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 90

Slightly hazy. Sexy, exotic aromas of pineapple, coconut and marzipan; some high-toned oak notes. Thick and rich but light on its feet; concentrated pina colada-like flavors are fat and open. Finishes with ripe notes of baked apple and pear, and a suggestion of heat. Very strong chardonnay, but not as complex as some of the '97 vineyard-designated releases.

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Wine Advocate

It is difficult to find the adjectives and superlatives to describe the 1997 Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen. This offering is produced from a selection of barrels that Steve Kistler and Mark Bixler believe to be the richest and most complete. Negligibly better than the other brilliant cuvees, it possesses exceptional richness, length, and intensity. Layers of fruit, smoky, buttery popcorn, tropical fruit and mineral scents soar from the glass, and are exceptionally intense and well-balanced. This terrific, full-bodied effort should age for 8-10 years. Steve Kistler believes the 1997 Chardonnays are among the finest he has ever produced. The vintage's high yields do not appear to have had an impact on the wines' level of concentration and intensity. Moreover, the 1997's possess an atypical level of tangy, underlying acidity, giving the wines a wonderful vibrancy. The splendid aromatics are matched only by the 1995's. I tasted 8 Chardonnays. While they share a certain similarity, they posssess distinctive attributes that justify the winery's decision to differentiate them. All are fermented with both indigenous and commercial yeasts, given extensive stirring during prolonged contact with the lees, and bottled unfiltered after full malolactic fermentation. The percentage of new French oak varies, with higher percentages for the Camp Meeting Ridge, Hudson, and Cuvee Cathleen offerings.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Quite rich and complex, with tiers of ripe pear, apple, melon, custard and anise. Turns smooth and polished, with an intricate aftertaste. 540 cases made.

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