2005 Kistler - Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard 750ml

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2005 Kistler - Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 93

($75) Deep red with a bright rim. Vibrant bouquet of wild strawberry, black raspberry, incense and Asian spices; smells like a wine made from whole clusters but Kistler told me that everything was destemmed. Pliant and juicy, offering energetic red and dark berry flavors, supple texture and silky tannins. Finishes dry but not hard, with a strong echo of sweet strawberry and superb focus.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | 93-95

Steve Kistler has backed off extraction for his Pinot Noirs, resulting in more ethereal (but not light) Pinots that are less burdened down by tannin in their youth, with each vineyard's distinctive fruit and terroir coming through with much greater intensity. After experimenting with some Dijon clones, Kistler became convinced that the best clone for cool climate vineyards is the Calera Clone from California, and based on what he has achieved, I can't argue. The deep ruby/purple-hued 2005 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard possesses sweet blueberry, raspberry, and forest floor notes, zesty acidity, elegance, and finesse, and a medium-bodied finish.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 168

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Score: 92
Author: Serl Z
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/26/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2014
rich red color; nose full of fruit and spice---blackberries, and dark cherries; a very good, slightly jammy pinot that is drinking well now but can age for a few more years
Score: 93
Author: sbind
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/28/2009
Score: 94
Author: jrwill
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 07/18/2009
Steve Kistler has backed off extraction for his Pinot Noirs, resulting in more ethereal (but not light) Pinots that are less burdened down by tannin in their youth, with each vineyard’s distinctive fruit and terroir coming through with much greater intensity. After experimenting with some Dijon clones, Kistler became convinced that the best clone for cool climate vineyards is the Calera Clone from California, and based on what he has achieved, I can’t argue. The deep ruby/purple-hued 2005 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard possesses sweet blueberry, raspberry, and forest floor notes, zesty acidity, elegance, and finesse, and a medium-bodied finish. Kistler Vineyards, undeniably one of the world’s finest winemaking estates, is run with passionate dedication to detail and quality by Steve Kistler and Mark Bixler. It is wines like these that keep an old critic like me inspired and energized. Previously recommended: 2004 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard (91-93), 2004 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch (93-95), 2004 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard (92-94), 2004 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard (94-96), 2004 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard (94-96+), 2004 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard Cuvee Cathleen (95-97), 2004 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard (92-94), 2004 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard (94-96), 2004 Pinot Noir Bodega Headlands Cuvee Elizabeth (96-98), 2004 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard (92-94), 2004 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard Cuvee Catherine Occidental Station (94-95). Not yet released. Tel. (707) 823-5603; Fax (707) 823-6709
Score: 93
Author: KMS
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/03/2008
Yum!
Score: 94
Author: Jerry
Trust Rating: 83
Tasted On: 02/24/2008
Drink Dates: 2008-2015
seamless, great fruit
More Vintages and Sizes of Kistler - Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard:

2008 (750ml)
2006 (750ml)
1998 (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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