2000 Kistler - Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95(+?)

($70) Paler than usual for this wine, almost green-tinged. Puligny-like aromas of minerals, spring flowers and grilled nuts; little obvious sulfides here. Hugely rich and broad in the mouth, with great early sweetness. Consistent, rather backward wine, with terrific cut thanks to brisk lemony acidity and pronounced minerality. Very structured and very strong on the back end. This used to be a barrel selection, and thus to some extent less of a soil-driven wine than the vineyard-designated bottlings, but now it's made almost entirely from old Wente clones planted in the Kistler Vineyard, at an altitude of 1,500 to 1,800 feet.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 108

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

There are 500 cases of the Chardonnay deemed by Steve Kistler and Mark Bixler as representing the finest barrels, the 2000 Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen. It exhibits a gravelly liquid minerality intermixed with profound flavors of orange marmalade infused with hazelnut oil, candied citrus, white peaches, and lemon blossom. It possesses superb purity, remarkable palate presence, and great structure as well as definition. This amazing tour de force in Chardonnay (as it has been in every vintage in which it has been produced) should drink well for a decade.

Drink Dates: 2002-2012
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 142

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Smoky marshmallow and toasty oak lead the way to a rich, broad array of creamy fig, pear and apricot. Intense, focused, complex and concentrated, it perhaps more than most of the 2000 Kistlers needs time. 535 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2004-2008
Author: James Laube

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 88
Author: Mark D928
Trust Rating: 83
Tasted On: 09/24/2009
Not as great as one expects from all the hype. Very good bottle but not worth the money. Fully mature so drink up.

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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