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2006 Kistler - Pinot Noir Occidental Station Vineyard Cuvee Catherine

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 96 WA
  • 95 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 205236-2006-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    ($90) Vivid red. Strikingly vibrant aromas of red berries, blood orange, flowers and minerals reminded me of a suave Chambolle-Musigny. Fleshy, succulent strawberry and raspberry preserve flavors are enlivened by zesty minerality and given depth by a slow-building cola quality. Becomes more tangy as well as more powerful on the finish, which leaves fresh redcurrant and raspberry notes behind. This absolutely refused to let go of my palate. One of the most memorable wines of my North Coast tastings this year, and I tried a lot.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2009
  • Burghound | Rating: 87

    A very ripe nose of oak and red berry fruit that displays menthol and cough syrup nuances, all of which are picked up by the rich, full-bodied and serious flavors that possess fine mid-palate concentration as there is plenty of dry extract which does a good job of buffering the solid and mouth coating tannins. This is a dense and oaky wine that is a bit monolithic at present. While this won't win any awards for elegance, it is a dramatic wine that will best please fans of power pinot.
    Drink Dates: 2014+
    Author: Allen Meadows
    Issue: 4th Quarter, 2009
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The dark ruby/purple-hued 2006 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard Cuvee Catherine Occidental Station offers notes of raspberries, kirsch, plums, Allspice, and damp forest. Although full-bodied with excellent fruit and richness, I do not believe it will be as superb as the 2005.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Jam02110
  • Anonymous | Rating: 92

    Medium ruby. Raspberries and red cherries with light herbal notes. Medium body. Short finish
    Drink Dates: 2008-2015
    Author: Khaled H
  • Self | Rating: 96

    The dark ruby/purple-hued 2006 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard Cuvee Catherine Occidental Station offers notes of raspberries, kirsch, plums, Allspice, and damp forest. Although full-bodied with excellent fruit and richness, I do not believe it will be as superb as the 2005. Another impressive group of Chardonnays from Steve Kistler, these 2006s are unmistakably Burgundian in their aromatics, textures, and flavor profiles. Kistler has given up on the highly fashionable Dijon clones, relying on old California clones, primarily old Wente selections. He feels the same about Pinot Noir, using the Calera and other older California clones rather than the Dijon selections. Previously Recommended: 2005 Chardonnay Durell (94-96), 2005 Chardonnay Dutton (94-96), 2005 Chardonnay Hirsch (90-93), 2005 Chardonnay Hudson (90-92), 2005 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard (94-96), 2005 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard (95-98), 2005 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard Cuvee Cathleen (96-100), 2005 Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard (93-95), 2005 Chardonnay Stone Flat Vineyard (95-97), 2005 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard (94-96). (Release date Spring 2009) Tel. (707) 823-5603; Fax (707) 823-6709
    Drink Dates: 2008-2020
    Author: againc
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

  • 464 bottles owned
  • 172 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 172 collectors)