1999 Kistler - Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard Cuvee Catherine 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Burghound | Rating: 

Strong cork funk obviously spoils the wine but underneath the TCA there appears to be very ripe aromas and flavors. Not rated.

Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 15

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 96-98

The 1999 Pinot Noir Cuvee Catherine, a selection of the best barrels from the Kistler Vineyard, displays a bouquet of roasted meats, earth, truffle, blackberry, raspberry, and smoky cherry fruit. Full body, an unctuous texture, and terrific acidity define this large-scaled effort. A monumental Pinot Noir that has to be tasted to be believed, it should hit its prime in about three or four years and last for 12-15, if not longer.

Drink Dates: 2003-2015

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 95
Author: Tbone200
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/28/2011
Popped and poured. Color vibrant and deep with virtually no fading at the edge. Still quite rich with plenty of fruit. Moderate acidity. Improved with air over the course of about two hours. Very nice wine.

Rating: 92
Author: Scooter
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/15/2011
Smooth, medium-bodied, very well balanced. Drink now, though a couple of years left.

Average rating: 97, based on 4 reviews
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126 bottles owned by 83 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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