2011 Kistler "Kistler Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard (made primarily from the Calera clone), which sees one-third new oak and is 100% destemmed, possesses lots of raspberry and black cherry fruit intermixed with hints of underbrush and forest floor, and a nice meatiness to its texture. There has been a progressive trend by Kistler’s winemaking team and owners to harvest at slightly lower sugars, back off slightly on the percentage of new oak used, and bottle their wines earlier. All of this is designed to preserve as much fruit and freshness in the wines as possible. (RP)
The 2011 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard is floral, lifted and absolutely impeccable. Freshly cut roses, sweet red berries and mint meld together in a supple, gracious Pinot with tons of appeal and pure nuance. Subtle hints of earthiness and game add complexity, but it is the wine's fruit that shines most brightly in this perfumed, beautifully expressive Pinot Noir. This parcel is mostly Calera clone Pinot. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright violet color. Vibrant black raspberry, cherry, potpourri and Asian spices on the sharply focused nose. Juicy and sweet, with graceful, mineral-laced red and dark berry flavors, a hint of candied flowers and silky texture. Finishes very long, with smooth tannins and powerful lingering notes of candied flowers and spicecake. (ST)
From Kistler: "This ridge-top vineyard looks to the coast in one direction and the Russian River Valley in the other. The Vineyard sits on layers of sandstone, granular sediments and some petrified wood and has been the source of the Kistler Vineyard Pinot Noir since 2006. A concentrated wine, with impressive energy to its red and black fruit flavors and subtle earth tones."