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2002 Kistler Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard

  • 92 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 52323-2002-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    ($75) Ruby-red. High-toned aromas of blueberry, raspberry, strawberry and baking spices, along with a hint of rhubarb. Sweet, spicy and high-toned, with notes of crushed berries, dark plum, baking spices, mocha and forest floor. Very concentrated, rich pinot with strong fruit and intriguing soil tones.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2005
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Offers a trim yet concentrated band of spicy black cherry, plum and wild berry fruit that's sharply focused and at times shows restraint, yet gains richness and depth. Admirable for its structure. Drink now. 1,660 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    The 2002 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard offers wonderful sweet raspberry and cherry fruit with a hint of framboise, a deep plum/ruby/purple color, medium body, and good vibrancy in a medium to full-bodied, feminine style.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Burghound | Rating: 86

    Ultra ripe aromas of chocolate, prune and mocha notes framed by cigar ash undertones continue on to the seductively round, ripe and textured flavors that are succulent and juicy yet the finish is rather edgy and at odds with the otherwise well-balanced flavors. There is enough structure here to suggest 3 to 5 years of positive evolution.
    Author: Allen Meadows
    Issue: 3rd Quarter, 2005
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Burghound56
  • Self | Rating:

    always good.
    Author: Michael N594
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Deep purple color with a very big, burly, and ripe nose of dark fruits, new wood, candied plum, vanilla spice, and cotton candy. Thick and rich with excellent concentration and good length. Lush acids coupled with moderate tannin.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2011
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 50

    Opened bottle at 10 AM to air prior to celebratory lunch. It smelled like wax (wax seal on bottle). Tasted like nothing. Tried again in 2 hours - same result. Tried later in the day - nothing changed. Maybe it was going through a dumb period (shuts down and then comes back a few years later). So disappointed. Will open another bottle - hope it won't be the same result.
    Author: Lisa P637
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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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Pinot Noir is a delicate, thin-skinned grape that is notoriously difficult to grow but unmatched in its ability to reflect its terroir. It is early-budding and early-ripening, and thus requires a cool climate. To achieve its best expression and maintain its delicate flavor profile, Pinot Noir demands great care in the vineyard, particular attention to yield management, and careful handling in the winery. Growers blessed with the patience, skill, and terroir to produce world-class Pinot Noir are greatly rewarded. Not only are these wines complex, age-worthy, and delicious, they also command some of the world’s highest prices.

Old-World Pinot Noir most famously hails from Burgundy, where it is the only red variety permitted in the region. Techniques such as whole-bunch fermentation and barrel ageing, now common amongst high-quality Pinot Noir producers around the world, were pioneered by Burgundian winemakers. Age-worthy Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be high in acid, display low to medium tannins, and have red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into complex flavors of earth, game, cola, and truffle with age. Some of the most famous producers include Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Armand Rousseau.

New-World Pinot Noir tends to grow in warmer climates and on newer vines than in the Old Word, producing wine that is more fruit-forward with flavors of red cherry, cranberry, and raspberry. The highest-quality wines come from moderate regions in California, particularly Sonoma and Carneros, and top producers include Marcassin, Kistler, and Kosta Browne.

High acidity, low tannin, and low alcohol make Pinot Noir a versatile wine to pair. Spiced duck, fatty fish, grilled chicken, spicy foods, and anything with mushroom are just a few classic examples.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1043 bottles owned
  • 167 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 78
    (Out of 167 collectors)