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2004 Kistler - Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
abv 14.1%
  • 94 WA
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 77375-2004
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Dark red. Highly expressive aromas of blackcurrant, cherry and raspberry accented by cinnamon and white pepper. Impressively pure and energetic, with vibrant red and dark berry flavors, subtle minerality and a fine-grained, silky texture. Finishes with excellent energy and a late note of floral pastille.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    Violet, cranberry, cherry, pomegranate, and rose petal aromas jump from the glass of the tangy, medium-bodied 2004 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard. Fresh and lively with good acidity and not the weight or intensity of the Cuvee Catherine, it is a beautifully fragrant, complex Pinot Noir to drink over the next decade.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Burghound | Rating: 87

    While the nose is very ripe, indeed almost too ripe with background notes of mocha and ripe and jammy plum that borders on prune, the aromas are reserved and almost inexpressive and it is only with aggressive swirling can you generate much aromatic lift. The big-boned, indeed robust flavors are intense and well-concentrated but not especially well balanced. Still, there is reasonably good detail here if not elegance on the finish where the acidity is noticeable if not dominant. While certainly not a bad wine, it lacks obvious pinot character.
    Author: Allen Meadows
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: KMS
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: sbind
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Awesome pinot. Bright red fruit, very complex, tons of layers, very balanced tannins
    Author: Lellman2
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Great PN - one of my favorites, beautiful ruby color, great long finish and outstanding cherry and berry fruit
    Author: PJ Haveron
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Quite velvety. Raspberry, red currant, chocolate, coffee. Acid is beginning to outweigh other components.
    Drink Dates: 2007-2010
    Author: JMC22
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Right on the edge. Not as good as last bottle. Fruit fading.
    Author: Tbone200
  • Self | Rating: 88

    ripe style, very short finish
    Author: Seaway J
  • Anonymous | Rating: 94

    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.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2015
    Author: jmac-co
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 475 bottles owned
  • 107 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 107 collectors)