2004 Kistler - Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen 750ml

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 95-97

A selection of the finest barrels, the 2004 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard Cuvee Cathleen (500 cases) has more of everything... honey, layers, body, depth, acidity, and precision. Year in and year out, it is a candidate for one of the finest Chardonnays made in California. Steve Kistler admits to moving away from over-extracting Pinot Noirs, doing less punching down, and being more careful about the usage of stems. Consequently, his Pinots were often impressively concentrated, but aged unevenly in the bottle because of the high tannins. That said, a 1997 Cuvee Catherine drunk on Thanksgiving was spectacular.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 162

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($75) Yellow-gold. Earthy, mineral-driven orange and white peach aromas, with a sexy jasmine accent. Very elegant, with spicy citrus and pear flavors, impressive concentration and a slow-building baking spice quality. Finishes on a vibrant mineral note, with outstanding length and wonderful precision. This is all Wente clone.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 132

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

Leesy pineapple, citrus and grapefruit peel give this a tight flavor profile and a minerally edge on the finish. Ends with a clean, refreshing aftertaste, with hints of honey and melon. 514 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007-2010
Author: James Laube


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Author: Michael N594
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 10/10/2011
Drink Dates:
excellent white wine.

Average rating: 93, 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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