2020 Kistler Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

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Type of Wine Red
Country USA
Region Californie
Appellation Russian River Valley
Winery Kistler Vineyards
Vintage 2020
Grape Pinot Noir
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14%)
Drink window 2022 - 2032
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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 pinot noir vineyards, in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast, contain several high-quality clones of both Burgundian and American origin. The yield is kept low by short pruning and thinning. The harvested grapes are cold soaked to release their juices. In this way a higher concentration of aromas is obtained without extra tannins ending up in the juices. The fermentation takes place according to the Burgundian example in small fermentation tanks with a narrow, open top. In total, the 'cuvaison' (cold soaking + alcoholic fermentation) lasts up to 4 weeks. The young wine is then aged for 14 months in 100% new French oak barriques, after which it is bottled unclarified and unfiltered. Decant to separate wine and sediment and/or aerate on carafe: Pour into a carafe 30 minutes before serving to allow the young wine to breathe. You can also use large, wide glasses and pour a little wine at a time. Any filing is a sign of quality and originality.

The Kistler Russian River Valley Pinot Noir has an intense, deep purple color. Lively nose, plenty of primary (fruit) aromas of black and blue berries and violets, supported by nuances such as graphite and cedar wood (cigar box). The mouthfeel is fantastic, fresh and powerful at the same time, intensely concentrated and clean, ending in a captivating, wild finale in which the minerality is completely released. Serve: 16-18°C. Storage: surprisingly quick to access, but becomes even more complex with an extra bottle on top. Due to its great freshness, fruitiness, minerality and complexity, this is a very special wine for gastronomy. Great with classic duck, partridge or wild pigeon breast with a sweet and sour cherry, cranberry or currant sauce. Ideal wine for the hunting season, with an emphasis on wild boar, deer, hare, old-fashioned delicious with a garnish of fruit and vegetables. Fancy an adventure? Try this wine slightly chilled, with quick-fried or grilled tuna or marlin steaks with Cajun spices!

Vineyard for 2020 Kistler Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

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's production

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.

More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country USA
Region Californie
Appellation Russian River Valley
Winery Kistler Vineyards
Grape Pinot Noir
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2020
Drinking as of 2022
Drinking till 2032
Alcohol % 14
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 98
James Suckling rating 95
Tasting Profiles Complex, Dry, Fruity, Aged on wood, Mineral, Red fruit, Flexible, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard
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