1998 Kistler - Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen 750ml

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WA 95-96   IWC 93   WS 93   Collector 75
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 95-96

This Chardonnay represents an evolution in style. It possesses all the power and concentration of Steve Kistler's most successful wines, but it also has a certain restraint allied with extraordinary complexity and elegance that a few years ago would have been found only in the finest Burgundy grand crus. The 1998 Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen is a spectacularly beautiful, well-delineated effort with everything hitting the olfactory senses and palate in measured doses. However, the overall impression is one of stunning concentration, perfect harmony, fabulous density and richness, and that layered, intense mid-palate and length that only great wines possess. It needs a year or more of cellaring, and should evolve in an intriguing manner for up to a decade. (release date 3/01)

Drink Dates: 2001-2010

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

Leesy, smoky aromas of orange oil, pineapple, lemon skin, coconut and hazelnut. Intensely flavored, spicy and delineated, with mineral and talc notes. Generous and pliant, but perhaps a bit less fat and more precise than some recent vintages of this wine. Finishes very long, firm and subtle.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 96

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Wonderful intensity, richness and range of flavor are the hallmarks here, with earthy fig, pear, anise, green olive and herbal notes. The long-lasting finish adds a pretty dose of smoky, toasty oak. 538 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2001-2005

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 75
Author: Tbone200
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/14/2010

Average rating: 94, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

141 bottles owned by 64 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: Chardonnay

Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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