2001 Kistler - Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

From a selection of the best barrels, the light gold-colored 2001 Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen (6,396 bottles) offers aromas of brioche, buttered pear, honeyed citrus oil, and hazelnuts. Opulent, full-bodied, and thick, with superb density and richness, this sublime effort represents the essence of its varietal. Impossible to resist now, it will age for 7-9 years ... easily.

Drink Dates: 2003-2012
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 150

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95(+?)

($70; 20 barrels made, from the "richest section" of Kistler Vineyard) Pale yellow. Bright, subtle aromas of lemon, truffle, flowers, nuts and minerals. Very rich and spicy, with penetrating fruit flavors of peach and nectarine. Large-scaled, tactile and still very young, with a strong underlying structure for aging. Finishes very long, chewy and stony. Along with the superlative 2000 version, also made entirely from Kistler Vineyard, an extremely strong release for this bottling.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/01/2005
Drink Dates: 2007-2011
Slightly cloudy light gold color. Graham cracker, lemon, and cr?me brul?e in nose with some spicy mineral overtones. Lots of sweet controlled fruit on the palate. Mouth filling with excellent acidity and length. Still tight, drink 2007 to 2011.

Rating: 90
Author: Scooter
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 04/11/2010
Still a good wine, but based on this bottle, I have to assume it's a year past its prime, having lost some punch and finish

Rating: 75
Author: MikeA
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 12/11/2010
sadly over the hill. acidity was all gone. a lot more fun to smell than to taste.... interesting to see it next to the 05 which was beautiful though

Average rating: 96, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

284 bottles owned by 138 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.

See other similar producers: Flowers Vineyard and Winery, Aubert, Littorai

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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