1999 Kistler - Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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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Customer 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.

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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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