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2011 Kistler Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1173132 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2014)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (2/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (5/2014)

K&L Notes

Kistler Vineyards produces some of the most sought-after Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in California, thanks to glowing accolades and top-tier scores from the likes of Robert Parker and Antonio Galloni. Their ridge-top vineyards between the Russian River Valley and the Pacific Ocean offer great exposure and cool evening fog--just perfect for these varietals. The Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir bottling draws from several select vineyard sources.

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