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2003 Kistler - Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen 750ml
2003 Kistler - Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen
USA - California - Sonoma
White / Chardonnay
2003 Kistler - Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 126

($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.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 157

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.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

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.

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Community Reviews

Michael N594 Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 10/10/2011 Drink Dates:

still tastes very good!


RDV Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 11/25/2010


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.

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