2000 Kistler - Pinot Noir Cuvee Elizabeth Occidental Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

The 2000 Pinot Noir Occidental Vineyard Cuvee Elizabeth is profound. An opaque purple color is followed by gorgeous aromas of white flowers, minerals, black raspberries, cherries, and toast. It is slightly tight (from high tannin), and boasts layers of flavor, astonishing purity as well as fruit intensity, and a finish that lasts for nearly a minute. This majestic Pinot Noir is one of the most remarkable New World Pinots I have ever tasted. It can easily compete with the most profound French Burgundies. Bravo!

Drink Dates: 2005-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 142

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 98
Author: Behruz Nassre
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/09/2010

Rating: 95
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/14/2003
Drink Dates: 2005-2007
Deep opaque purple black color with a few moderately thick lightly pigmented legs. Initially, the wine was quite closed with little aromatics. After an hour in the decanter, aromas began to rush forth and become discernable from a few yards away. Thick sweet and Port like nuances of fruitcake, vanilla, candied plums, earth, leather, spearmint, and blackberry syrup. Reminiscent of a '95 Turley Zinfandel from Grist Vineyard (that wine had about 1% residual sugar left in it). Whoppingly rich on the palate with mouth staining flavors and superb length. Awesome concentration for a Pinot Noir. Whether the wine can last is problematic but right now it offers enjoyable drinking with a little airing. Flavors of intense dried plum, green pepper, maple syrup. Apparently light tannins (fruit is obscuring the actual magnitude of tannins present) with slightly low but acceptable acidity. Not as good as prior efforts of Cuv?e Elizabeth but quite fine nonetheless.

Average rating: 90, based on 3 reviews
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125 bottles owned by 84 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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