2005 Kistler - Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen 750ml

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2005 Kistler - Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen
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International Wine Cellar | 95

($90) Bright gold. Assertively perfumed, mineral-driven aromas of pear, quince and musky yellow plum, with a smoky undertone of iodine and peat. This extremely complex chardonnay offers spicy orchard and pit fruit character, velour-like texture and excellent depth. Admirably restrained and pure, with superb finishing lift, cut and minerality.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | 96-100

The 2005 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard Cuvee Cathleen is a selection of the finest lots from all the vineyards, but most of it comes from the Kistler Vineyard. Full-bodied, firm, and backward, it is behaving more like a red wine than a Chardonnay. It boasts fabulous concentration, superb ripeness, plenty of honeysuckle, orange rind, and tropical fruit characteristics, copious minerality, and enormous length as well as richness. This beauty is as good as any Chardonnay made in either the New or Old World.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 168

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Score: 90
Author: MikeA
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 12/11/2010
More Vintages and Sizes of Kistler - Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen:

2003 (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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