2003 Kistler - Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

($75) Full medium yellow. Pure but initially unforthcoming on the nose; with air this revealed complex notes of pineapple, peach, nectarine, sulfides and nut oil. Then fat, sweet and highly concentrated, with a seamless texture and lush flavors of peach and pineapple. This boasts the enticing sugar/acid balance of the best Kistler bottlings. Impressively long and smooth on the back end. The Cathleen is all from Wente clones, while the Kistler Vineyard bottling includes both Wente and Mt. Eden.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Customer Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Michael N594
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 10/10/2011
Drink Dates:
still tastes very good!

Rating: 95
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/25/2010

Rating: 95
Author: Scooter
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/01/2009
Wow....drunk a glass of '07 Rombauer chard.--a respectable wine---immediately after this bottle, and it was like two different worlds; smooth and perfectly balanced with notes of hazlenut on the finish. Very Burgundian (literally). A top effort.

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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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