1996 Kistler - Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

The 1996 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard exhibits a Vosne-Romanee/Richebourg-like violet, black cherry, and smoky-scented nose of considerable intensity. Full-bodied, with superb richness, admirable delineation, a lush, concentrated mid-palate, and black cherry, earthy notes in the spicy finish, this is another impressive, super-concentrated Pinot Noir with both complexity and equilibrium. It should drink well for a decade.

Drink Dates: 1998-2008
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 120

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Deliciously rich and focused, with a bright core of ripe plum, black cherry, anise, cedar and spice. Impressively gains nuance and complexity on the finish, where the flavors sail on. 273 cases made.

Drink Dates: 1999-2006
Author: James Laube

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91(+?)

Dark red. Sappy, primal aromas of raspberry, orange rind, cherry cola, smoked meat, tarry oak and a pungent kernel of spice. Rich and deep, with maraschino cherry and dark berry flavors. A pinot with an impressive large structure; very long on the finish but the tannins are a bit elevated in the early going. Offers considerable potential.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Average rating: 92, based on 3 reviews
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58 bottles owned by 29 collectors.

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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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Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir

Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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