2004 Kistler - Pinot Noir Occidental Station Vineyard Cuvee Catherine 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Burghound | Rating: 88

($90) No review available

Drink Dates: 2010+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 28

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($90) Dark violet. Intensely aromatic nose offers powerful blackberry and plum compote aromas. Very fresh in the mouth (the pH is 3.4, Kistler says), with vibrant red and dark berry flavors and taut minerality. Dry, focused and pure on the finish, with outstanding persistence and lingering dark berry flavors. Serious pinot: a great marriage of sweet fruit and soil tones.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 132

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 94-95

The 2004 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard Cuvee Catherine Occidental Station boasts a glorious dark ruby/purple-tinged color as well as an extraordinary nose reminiscent of a Comte de Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes. Aromas of crushed rocks, violets, raspberries, sweet cherries, and a distinctive terroir character are present in this full-bodied effort. With oodles of vivacious fruit as well as wonderful freshness and palate penetration, this superb Pinot Noir should drink well for 10-12 years. Moreover, there are 1,000 cases.

Drink Dates: 2005-2017
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 162

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

Austere, with a flinty, mineral edge to the vivid berry, floral and subtle earth notes, gaining complexity and depth on the finish. 1,032 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007-2011
Author: James Laube


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Customer Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 98
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/29/2013
Site Blog: mac_h

Rating: 95
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 01/06/2013

Rating: 96
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/22/2012
Drink Dates: 2008-2018
Dark rub. Very big. Decanted it for over an hour. Aromas waft a couple of feet from the glass. Abundant favors of cherries, raspberries mixed with aromas of flowers and damp forest floor. Terrific wine that ha many years ahead of it

Rating: 95
Author: againc
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/06/2011
Drink Dates: 2005-2017
The 2004 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard Cuvee Catherine Occidental Station boasts a glorious dark ruby/purple-tinged color as well as an extraordinary nose reminiscent of a Comte de Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes. Aromas of crushed rocks, violets, raspberries, sweet cherries, and a distinctive terroir character are present in this full-bodied effort. With oodles of vivacious fruit as well as wonderful freshness and palate penetration, this superb Pinot Noir should drink well for 10-12 years. Moreover, there are 1,000 cases. For Steve Kistler and his longtime assistant, Mark Bixler, 2004 was a very small crop, even smaller than the modest production of 2003. This is a reference point winery for New World Chardonnay, although their viticultural and winemaking techniques are decidedly Burgundian. Interestingly, during the last year I have had an opportunity to taste some ten year old Kistler Chardonnays, and they have aged well in the bottle. While a decade is not long when compared with some long-lived white Burgundies, by the standards of most California Chardonnays, which are generally best consumed during their first 1-3 years of life, the Kistler techniques of whole cluster pressing, slow malolactic fermentation, aging on their lees in high quality French oak, and bottling without fining or filtration appear to be producing longer lived Chardonnays. Kistler has enjoyed a run of terrific vintages in the new century. Moreover, they seem to be ratcheting up their performance in terms of the quality and complexity of their Pinot Noirs. (Release date 3/07) Tel. (707) 823-5603; Fax (707) 823-6709

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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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