2009 Kistler - Pinot Noir Occidental Station Vineyard Cuvee Catherine 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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Drink Dates: 2012-2022
Author: Elizabeth Grubel


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

The 2009 Pinot Noir Occidental Station Cuvee Catherine is flat-out beautiful. All of the elements are in the right place in this majestic, towering Pinot. Layers of fruit emerge gracefully in a wine that seems to never end. The finest, silkiest of tannins frame the fruit through to the exceptional, sensual finish. This kaleidoscopic, marvelously complete wine is a stunning effort from Steve Kistler and his team. The wine continues to open up in the glass in a fabulous display of class and elegance. I can hardly wait to own this extraordinary Pinot. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021.

Drink Dates: 2012-2021
Author: Antonio Galloni


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

(made from fruit picked at 24 Brix): Dark ruby. Heady aromas of black raspberry, cola, star anise and candied rose, along with a vibrant mineral quality and a touch of smoke. Sharply delineated raspberry and cherry flavors show superb depth, with bright acidity giving lift and cut. This strikingly elegant, fresh pinot finishes with serious cling and persistent floral character.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 162

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

A subtle, detailed style, trim and spicy offering fresh-cut lavender and floral scents. Crushed rock, wild berry and blueberry flavors push through on the finish.

Drink Dates: 2013-2023
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: Budzo
Tasted On: 03/08/2015
bright red, blue berries and raspberries, very soft tannin with loads of cherries, balanced, concentrated, long layered finish

Average rating: 94, based on 5 reviews
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152 bottles owned by 66 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: Pinot Noir


Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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