2007 Kistler - Chardonnay Cuvee Cathleen 750ml

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WA 94-97   IWC 94   Collector 97
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94-97

The luxury cuvee, the 2007 Chardonnay Kistler Vineyard Cuvee Cathleen is essentially a selection of their best barrels from the Kistler site. It possesses pretty much everything a Chardonnay should have - great acidity, fabulous fruit, texture, remarkable aromatics, and a long, 40+ second finish.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

($90; this is all Wente clone) Light gold. Precise, high-pitched aromas of lime, honeysuckle and minerals, with complicating notes of anise and iodine. Dense, intense and impeccably balanced, showing a very firm mineral spine without coming off as austere. In fact, this is extremely concentrated, offering powerful pear and fresh fig flavors and a late note of honeysuckle. Quite steely on the pure, dusty finish, which displays sneaky length and a touch of smokiness.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 150

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 98
Author: MondovinoVA
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/02/2012
Drink Dates: 2015-2023
Phenominal - incredible precision, with the combination of oak, acid and fruit in almost perfect sync. Still very young though, another 3-5yrs of cellaring

Rating: 96
Author: Red Sox Fan
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/25/2014
Outstanding California Chardonnay in the big and bold style. Thick and rich with good acidity for balance. Citrus, pear and wet stone flavors with a long finish. I don't know how long it will go, but at a really good place right now.

Average rating: 95, based on 4 reviews
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502 bottles owned by 192 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.

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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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