Kistler Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Kistler Vineyard 2001

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When we started Kistler Vineyards in 1979, we planted about 35 acres of chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon at our orig...

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Mature, showing supple, elegant and spicy sour cherry and wild berry flavors that are delicate and vibrant, with lively acidity. Ends with a mix of... Read more

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/29/2010

Mature, showing supple, elegant and spicy sour cherry and wild berry flavors that are delicate and vibrant, with lively acidity. Ends with a mix of cedar and beef notes. Drink now. 2,080 cases made. -JL Wine Spectator. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2001 Kistler Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard 750ml


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Winemaker's Notes:

When we started Kistler Vineyards in 1979, we planted about 35 acres of chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon at our original winery location in the Mayacamas Mountains, 2000 feet above the Sonoma Valley. Our chardonnay vineyard is planted with budwood from the Mount Eden/Martin Ray Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Those vineyards consisted of ungrafted vines whose history is directly traced to the cuttings that Paul Masson brought from Burgundy to California. When Martin Ray planted his Mount Eden Vineyard in 1947, he selected his wood from Masson's fine old chardonnay and pinot noir vineyards, which he had come to know since his 1937 purchase of the winery and vineyards. In spite of the low productivity of the clone (2½ tons per acre is our maximum yield), we decided to use it in our chardonnay vineyard because of the intense, varietally true flavor qualities it has. Every year since we started making a separate bottling from the vineyard in 1986, Kistler Vineyard Chardonnay has been recognized by all of the most respected wine writers as being consistently one of the very best Chardonnays made in California. This fine old clone has truly found a new home in our mountain vineyard. In 1995 we planted an additional 6 acres of Chardonnay on a steep, rocky slope we had cleared several years earlier. As it has matured, this has proven to be one of the best sections of the vineyard. Violet, cranberry, cherry, pomegranate, and rose petal aromas jump from the glass of the tangy, medium-bodied 2001 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard. Fresh and lively with good acidity and not the weight or intensity of the Cuvee Catherine, it is a beautifully fragrant, complex Pinot Noir to drink over the next decade.

When we started Kistler Vineyards in 1979, we planted about 35 acres of chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon at our original winery location in the Mayacamas Mountains, 2000 feet above the Sonoma Valley. Our chardonnay vineyard is planted with budwood from the Mount Eden/Martin Ray Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Those vineyards consisted of ungrafted vines whose history is directly traced to the cuttings that Paul Masson brought from Burgundy to California. When Martin Ray planted his Mount Eden Vineyard in 1947, he selected his wood from Masson's fine old chardonnay and pinot noir vineyards, which he had come to know since his 1937 purchase of the winery and vineyards. In spite of the low productivity of the clone (2½ tons per acre is our maximum yield), we decided to use it in our chardonnay vineyard because of the intense, varietally true flavor qualities it has. Every year since we started making a separate bottling from the vineyard in 1986, Kistler Vineyard Chardonnay has been recognized by all of the most respected wine writers as being consistently one of the very best Chardonnays made in California. This fine old clone has truly found a new home in our mountain vineyard. In 1995 we planted an additional 6 acres of Chardonnay on a steep, rocky slope we had cleared several years earlier. As it has matured, this has proven to be one of the best sections of the vineyard. Violet, cranberry, cherry, pomegranate, and rose petal aromas jump from the glass of the tangy, medium-bodied 2001 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard. Fresh and lively with good acidity and not the weight or intensity of the Cuvee Catherine, it is a beautifully fragrant, complex Pinot Noir to drink over the next decade.

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