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2005 Kistler Vineyards Pinot Noir Occidental Station Cuvee Catherine Sonoma Coast
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About Kistler Vineyards

Steve Kistler's rich, Burgundy-style Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, from a series of ideally situated vineyards all around Sonoma County, have long been favorites among collectors and restaurant clients. The best bottlings have proven to be excellent mid-term agers and are among the richest and most complex Chardonnays made anywhere—the key is low-tech, hands-off winemaking that makes the most of the particular vineyard site plus what each vintage has to offer.

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2005 Kistler Vineyards Pinot Noir Occidental Station Cuvee Catherine Sonoma Coast

Producer: Kistler Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Pinot Noir
Origin: California
Region: Sonoma
Appellation: Sonoma Coast

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94 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2008

($90) Deep ruby. Explosive perfumed aromas of black raspberry, cassis, mocha, tarragon and fresh rose. Intense dark fruit flavors are surprisingly lithe and admirably precise. Mineral and floral pastille character builds dramatically with air and carries through a long, strikingly sappy finish.

94-96 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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