2010 Kistler - Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard 750ml

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2010 Kistler - Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 93

Bright ruby. Spicy cherry, dark berry and black cardamom aromas show very good energy and impressive precision. Chewy bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors are given lift and spine by a tangy minerality that adds back-end cut. Gains power and sweetness on the finish along with dusty tannins, but not at the expense of suave pinot fruit.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 168

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Wine Advocate | 93

Ash, game, tar, licorice, incense and dark cherries are some of the notes that emerge from the 2010 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard. A pretty, soft, understated wine, the 2010 also has a hint of wildness running through it. At present, the 2010 is a bit compact, but I very much like the sense of grace here. Sweet floral notes reappear on the finish, adding a burst of freshness and vivacity to a finish underpinned by lovely streaks of saline minerality. In 2010 yields were too low for Kistler to bottle the Cuvee Elizabeth Pinot. The little fruit that came in was blended into the Kistler Vineyard Pinot. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020.

Drink Dates: 2014-2020
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 208

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Wine Spectator | 93

Intense and full-bodied, with creamy oak, dark berry, cedar and spice, this is a well-done and powerful expression of Pinot Noir. Best served by cellar time, this will only gain and hold from here. Not shy on tannins.

Drink Dates: 2014-2024
Author: James Laube


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Score:
Author: danbelov
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/07/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2016
More Vintages and Sizes of Kistler - Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard:

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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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