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2010 Kistler "Kistler Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1128043 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Ash, game, tar, licorice, incense and dark cherries are some of the notes that emerge from the 2010 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard. A pretty, soft, understated wine, the 2010 also has a hint of wildness running through it. At present, the 2010 is a bit compact, but I very much like the sense of grace here. Sweet floral notes reappear on the finish, adding a burst of freshness and vivacity to a finish underpinned by lovely streaks of saline minerality. In 2010 yields were too low for Kistler to bottle the Cuvee Elizabeth Pinot. The little fruit that came in was blended into the Kistler Vineyard Pinot. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2013)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright ruby. Spicy cherry, dark berry and black cardamom aromas show very good energy and impressive precision. Chewy bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors are given lift and spine by a tangy minerality that adds back-end cut. Gains power and sweetness on the finish along with dusty tannins, but not at the expense of suave Pinot fruit. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Intense and full-bodied, with creamy oak, dark berry, cedar and spice flavors, this is a powerful expression of Pinot Noir. Best served by cellar time, this will only gain and hold from here. Not shy on tannins. (JL) Inner quote mark (9/2013)

K&L Notes

The iconic Kistler Vineyards produces some of the most sought after Pinot Noirs in California. Their namesake vineyard is always a winner. Situated at the top of the ridge separating the Pacific coast from the Russian River Valley, it has great exposure and cool evening fog - just perfect for Pinot Noir.


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