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Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 1999

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Tasting Notes Dark, deep, and brooding, this wine is currently a youngster that begins to yield forth its riches and potential only after a few minutes in your glass. Aromas of ripe bing cherries, raspberry, and strawberry jam mingle alongside hints of savory spices, coffee, and the complex sauvage character of the vintage. Cooler fermentation and shorter cuvaisons, yet still aging on gross lees has yielded a rich wine of tight structure that respects the vintage. This Pinot should begin to be enjoyable by late Spring 2001 and will continue to improve for several more years in the bottle. Vineyards: Five different vineyards comprise this vintage of our Sonoma Coast Pinot. All are situated in cool sites and all were carefully controlled for balanced yield and optimal cluster exposure. The clones are mixed and include some of unknown origin from the oldest vines, some traditional California selections, and some of the newer "hot" Burgundy selections that are all the rage right now. Like its Chardonnay compatriot, the sum is greater than the parts. Yeast/ML: 100% native yeast & malolactic fermentations Cooperage: 25% new oak, 60% once-used; primarily François Freres with wood from Troncais forest, generally high toast, toasted heads. Other coopers are all traditional Burgundy (Remond, Latour, Billon, Gillet, Cadus, Marsannay) Total time in barrel: 10 months Harvest: early October to November 9th Winemaking: the cool season and late-ripening tannins required cooler fermentations averaging around 28°C following 5-10 days of cold soak. Much of the wine was pressed off before dryness, finishing fermentations in barrel but a few lots were kept on the skins for over 3 weeks. Wines went to barrel on the gross lees and were generally not racked until bottling. Bottled unfined and unfiltered in late September 2000; 1,611 cases produced Final bottling technical information pH: 3.68 TA: 6.9 g/L 14.2% alcohol Residual sugar: 1.52 g/L (dry)

Flowers Vineyard & Winery:
As nursery owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Walt and Joan Flowers had long dreamed of combining their love of wine with their passion for agriculture. They knew they wanted to produce their favorite varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; what they didn't know was that their path would eventually lead them across country to Northern California's rugged Sonoma Coast. After responding to a sma... Read more
As nursery owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Walt and Joan Flowers had long dreamed of combining their love of wine with their passion for agriculture. They knew they wanted to produce their favorite varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; what they didn't know was that their path would eventually lead them across country to Northern California's rugged Sonoma Coast. After responding to a small classified ad in a national wine publication, that's exactly where they landed. In 1989, after many information-gathering trips to Napa and Sonoma, Walt and Joan purchased 321 acres, including a ridge top, high above the Pacific Ocean on the northern Sonoma Coast. With the same determination they drew on to build their successful nursery business; the Flowers proceeded with the dream of producing their favorite cool-climate varietals in a place they believed uniquely suited to growing them. Today, Flowers Winery produces 15,000 cases of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from its two estate properties, Camp Meeting Ridge and Flowers Ranch, as well as select vineyards in the coolest regions of the Sonoma Coast AVA, which are farmed to Flowers' specifications by their own crews. In addition to direct consumer sales, the wines are sold to fine restaurants and retailers in the US and overseas. Read less

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Snooth User: Adam Levin
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4.00 5
06/03/2009

Apple cider on the nose. A bit tannic but a good wine.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 1999 Kistler Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard Cuvee Catherine 750ml



Tasting Notes Dark, deep, and brooding, this wine is currently a youngster that begins to yield forth its riches and potential only after a few minutes in your glass. Aromas of ripe bing cherries, raspberry, and strawberry jam mingle alongside hints of savory spices, coffee, and the complex sauvage character of the vintage. Cooler fermentation and shorter cuvaisons, yet still aging on gross lees has yielded a rich wine of tight structure that respects the vintage. This Pinot should begin to be enjoyable by late Spring 2001 and will continue to improve for several more years in the bottle. Vineyards: Five different vineyards comprise this vintage of our Sonoma Coast Pinot. All are situated in cool sites and all were carefully controlled for balanced yield and optimal cluster exposure. The clones are mixed and include some of unknown origin from the oldest vines, some traditional California selections, and some of the newer "hot" Burgundy selections that are all the rage right now. Like its Chardonnay compatriot, the sum is greater than the parts. Yeast/ML: 100% native yeast & malolactic fermentations Cooperage: 25% new oak, 60% once-used; primarily François Freres with wood from Troncais forest, generally high toast, toasted heads. Other coopers are all traditional Burgundy (Remond, Latour, Billon, Gillet, Cadus, Marsannay) Total time in barrel: 10 months Harvest: early October to November 9th Winemaking: the cool season and late-ripening tannins required cooler fermentations averaging around 28°C following 5-10 days of cold soak. Much of the wine was pressed off before dryness, finishing fermentations in barrel but a few lots were kept on the skins for over 3 weeks. Wines went to barrel on the gross lees and were generally not racked until bottling. Bottled unfined and unfiltered in late September 2000; 1,611 cases produced Final bottling technical information pH: 3.68 TA: 6.9 g/L 14.2% alcohol Residual sugar: 1.52 g/L (dry)

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