2003 Kistler - Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen 750ml

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2003 Kistler - Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen
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International Wine Cellar | 95

($75) Full medium yellow. Pure but initially unforthcoming on the nose; with air this revealed complex notes of pineapple, peach, nectarine, sulfides and nut oil. Then fat, sweet and highly concentrated, with a seamless texture and lush flavors of peach and pineapple. This boasts the enticing sugar/acid balance of the best Kistler bottlings. Impressively long and smooth on the back end. The Cathleen is all from Wente clones, while the Kistler Vineyard bottling includes both Wente and Mt. Eden.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | 98-100

Named after one of Kistler's daughters, the 2003 Chardonnay Cuvee Kathleen, a selection of the very best barrels from the Kistler Vineyard, is undeniably sexy, full-throttle stuff. About 500 cases of this were made in 2003, and the wine comes across as a combination of the best that California can do with the complexity, minerality, and definition of a French white Burgundy. Very rich tropical fruits intermixed with some citrus oil, crushed rocks, and steely backbone provide a canvas where a large-scaled yet incredibly elegant, complex wine has been produced. This is a beauty, very long, impressive, and noble. It should drink well for 7-8 years.

Drink Dates: 2005-2013
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 157

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Wine Spectator | 89

Smoky and exotic, with a rich, pleasing mix of ripe pear, fig, sage and hazelnut flavors that are bold and bordering on exotic. Lots of oak influence, but also plenty of fruit to stand up to it. Drink now. 532 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2006+
Author: James Laube


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Author: Michael N594
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 10/10/2011
Drink Dates:
still tastes very good!
Score: 95
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 11/25/2010
Score: 95
Author: Scooter
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/01/2009
Wow....drunk a glass of '07 Rombauer chard.--a respectable wine---immediately after this bottle, and it was like two different worlds; smooth and perfectly balanced with notes of hazlenut on the finish. Very Burgundian (literally). A top effort.
More Vintages and Sizes of Kistler - Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen:

2010 (750ml)
2009 (750ml)
2007 (750ml)

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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