2020 Kistler Chardonnay Cuvée Cathleen
Kistler Vineyards is a small family winery in the Russian River Valley. They have specialized in producing Burgundy type chardonnay and pinot noir wines. The winery was founded in 1978 by the Kistler family. They own some of the very best vineyards in Napa and Sonoma, including Dutton Ranch (Russian River Valley) in Western Sonoma County.
Kistler's chardonnay wines are produced according to the French example. The wines are fully fermented in barriques, using both indigenous and cultured yeasts. After malolactic fermentation, the wines remain on their 'lees' (fine sediment) and are aged in French oak barriques (50% new). After 12-18 months of ageing, the wines are bottled without filtration or clarification.
The Kistler Vineyard Cuvée Cathleen has been bottled since 1998. Made exclusively from fruit from one specific block in the Kistler Vineyard, the only part of the vineyard with red volcanic schist soil that faces the midday sun rather than the morning. Since its planting in 1989, the block stood out and clearly asked for a separate bottling. The Cuvée Cathleen annually produces one of the most classic, complex and complete chardonnays.
The Chardonnay Cuvée Cathleen 2020 offers exceptionally defined, layered aromas: apricot and peach are complemented by notes of dried lilacs and spices, honeycomb, almonds, mandarin orange, tart spice The medium-bodied palate is satiny and seamless, with concentrated, peachy fruit, spicy acidity and a hugely long finish powered by an attractive touch of phenolic texture. It is a rare combination of fruit density on an elegant, harmonious structure.
This powerful wine with ripe aromas calls for similar dishes: dover sole fried in butter with almonds, Bresse chicken with truffle and foie gras, rosé baked veal kidneys with 'moutarde à l'ancienne' cream sauce, turbot or brill with a creamy butter/white wine sauce, monkfish ham with beurre blanc, lobster with vanilla butter.
Kistler Vineyards is a small family winery in the Russian River Valley. They have specialized in producing Burgundy type Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The winery was founded in 1978 by the Kistler family. They own some of the very best vineyards in Napa and Sonoma, including Dutton Ranch (Russian River Valley) in Western Sonoma County. The winery was founded in 1978 by Steve Kistler and Mark Bixler. Kistler Vineyards has built a reputation for its dedication to making wines that express the unique terroir of the various vineyards from which they come.
Kistler is best known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs, which consistently receive high scores and critical acclaim. The winery produces a range of single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, often named after the vineyard the grapes come from. Some of the well-known vineyards Kistler works with include Dutton Ranch, Hudson Vineyard and Cuvee Cathleen. Kistler follows a winemaking philosophy with minimal intervention, with the aim of bringing out the natural qualities of the grapes and the vineyard in the wines. They use traditional winemaking techniques and often ferment their wines with native yeasts. Kistler wines are produced in relatively small quantities, making them highly sought after by collectors and wine enthusiasts. The limited production contributes to their exclusivity. In recent years, the winery has transitioned to using biodynamic farming methods in some of its vineyards. This holistic approach to farming aims to improve the health and vitality of the vineyards and grapes.
|Type of Wine||White|
|Drinking as of||2024|
|James Suckling rating||98|
|Tasting Profiles||Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Rich, Round, Full, White fruit|
|Drink moments||Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard|