1999 Kistler - Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

The 1999 Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen is phenomenal. It is rich, mineral-dominated, and full, with an unctuous flavor profile, great purity, and stunning layers that unfold on the palate, it does not taste heavy or over the top. That's the brilliance of Steve Kistler and Mark Bixler. This profound Chardonnay rivals the greatest Burgundy grand crus. If you don't believe me, put it in a blind tasting, as I have done many times. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.

Drink Dates: 2002-2010
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 142

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94(+?)

(mostly from Kistler Vineyard fruit) Pale yellow-gold. Reserved but highly complex aromas of peach, soft citrus fruits, pineapple, coconut, nutmeg and vanilla. Thick and fat but backward and impressively structured for this cuvee, owing to its underlying acidity and mineral spine. Shows a lemony austerity today. Finishes with sneaky length and terrific grip.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Notably rich, intense and complex, with thick butterscotch, vanilla, hazelnut and leafy-fig flavors that unfold to offer layers of subtle anise and spice notes. Finishes with a burst of lemon custard and some tannins. 535 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2002-2006
Author: James Laube

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 98
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/01/2005
Drink Dates: 2005-2009
The Cuvee Cathleen is Kistler?s "reserve" Chardonnay and generally consists of their best barrels from their vineyard designates. In 1999, the Cuvee Cathleen mostly hailed from the Kistler Vineyard. At this tasting, the '99?s quality blew me away. The '99 is a tremendous Chardonnay (although bottle variation exists as two bottles I tasted in the summer of 2004 were not at this bottle?s level). As time has gone by the wine has taken on quite a bit of color but still retains the haze it showed on release. Powerfully exotic aromas gush from the glass. Coconut, mineral, stone, bright and intense lime, as well as an almost chocolaty nuance can be discerned in the bouquet. The power continues in the mouth with virtually perfect acidity and incredible length. "Awesome" is repeated three times in my notes.

Average rating: 94, based on 4 reviews
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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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