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2014 Kistler - Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
abv 14.1%
  • 94 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 16 JR
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 52323-2014
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Bright mid to dark crimson. Big and sweet on the start - very flattering and easy to like. Tannins fully resolved. This might well stand up to tonight's bavette! Really quite sweet on the palate. Fairly fresh and ferny - a long way from the subtle dryness of a good Burgundy but it's a very good, enjoyable, fairly cool California Pinot. Ready to drink.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Vinous | Rating: 95

    Deceptively medium in body, the 2014 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard packs a real punch. Succulent red cherry, rose petal, lavender and violet are all pushed forward, but it is the wine's inner sweetness and aromatics that stand out. Today, the KV comes across as very restrained, with bright acids and fabulous balance. A rush of sweet red cherry, blueberry and pomegranate leave a lasting impression. The 2014 is going to need a bit of time in bottle to unwind, but it is superb.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The Kistler Vineyard Pinot Noir is produced mainly from Calera clone with some Swan clone contribution. Pale to medium ruby-colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard has a beautiful earthy nose of tree bark, underbrush and black soil over a core of cranberries and red currants plus a hint of Provence herbs. Medium-bodied and elegantly fruited in the mouth, the delicate red berry and earth flavors are well-supported by fine, grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing long.
    Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Very tight and structured, with firm, gripping tannins and submerged dark berry, spice and cedary oak flavors. Requires patience. Best from 2018 through 2024. 1,880 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
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  • 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

    • 532 bottles owned
    • 70 collectors