Kistler Cuvee Cathleen Chardonnay 2003
Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
This vineyard produces one of our most complete and complex Chardonnays, and nears perfection on an annual basis.
"Named after one of Kistler’s daughters, the 2003 Chardonnay Cuvee Kathleen, a selection of the very best barrels from the Kistler Vineyard, is undeniably sexy, full-throttle stuff. About 500 cases of this were made in 2003, and the wine comes across as a combination of the best that California can do with the complexity, minerality, and definition of a French white Burgundy. Very rich tropical fruits intermixed with some citrus oil, crushed rocks, and steely backbone provide a canvas where a large-scaled yet incredibly elegant, complex wine has been produced. This is a beauty, very long, impressive, and noble.
The Wine Advocate
"Full medium yellow. Pure but initially unforthcoming on the nose; with air this revealed complex notes of pineapple, peach, nectarine, sulfides and nut oil. Then fat, sweet and highly concentrated, with a seamless texture and lush flavors of peach and pineapple. This boasts the enticing sugar/acid balance of the best Kistler bottlings. Impressively long and smooth on the back end. The Cathleen is all from Wente clones, while the Kistler Vineyard bottling includes both Wente and Mt. Eden."
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Founded in 1978, Kistler Vineyards is a small, family-owned and operated winery specializing in the production of Burgundian style Chardonnay and limited amounts of Pinot Noir. Grapes are estate grown and purchased from vineyards in Sonoma County. In 1992, Kistler Vineyards moved all production to its Vine Hill Road Vineyard in the Russian River Valley.
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...
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White Wine's Queen Bee
Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different
soils and different climates. While frequently paired with
its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy,
France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...
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