2001 Kistler - Pinot Noir Cuvee Elizabeth Occidental Vineyard 750ml

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2001 Kistler - Pinot Noir Cuvee Elizabeth Occidental Vineyard
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Score: 94
Author: NobleRot
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/30/2005

4 of 4 people found this review useful.

Score: 98
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/01/2004
Drink Dates: 2007-2010
This is awe inspiring Pinot Noir and is one of the best Pinots I have ever tasted from the New World (and frankly only the absolute best Burgundies can compete with this wine). Medium purple red colored nearly translucent wine with a few thin slightly pigmented legs. A complex ever changing perfumed nose of minerals, stone, vanilla, plum, cinnamon, light blood, apple, veal tartare, wisps of anise, tangerine peel, a touch of earth, clay, mocha, and strawberry. Ethereal on the palate, all crushed velvet with sweet but nimble fruit, caramel, and mocha, with virtually unlimited nuances. What every Pinot Noir producer strives for ? complexity, intensity, and finely delineated texture yet ephemeral all at the same time. Bravo!

About This Producer


Kistler Vineyards is a small family-owned winery located in the Russian River Valley specializing in 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. Steve Kistler and Mark Bixler share the winemaking responsibilities, while Mark also acts as chemist and business manager. The winery, completed in 1992, is located on their Vine Hill Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Kistler's fruit is sourced from various vineyards across Napa and Sonoma counties. Kistler Vineyards' wines are released semi-annually and almost exclusively to its mailing list.

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