2000 Kistler Occidental Vineyard Cuvee Elizabeth Pinot Noir - 750ml

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2000 Kistler Occidental Vineyard Cuvee Elizabeth Pinot Noir - 99 Pts!

Kistler Vineyards is a wine producer in northern California's Sonoma County. Its considerable reputation is thanks largely to its robust, buttery Chardonnay wines, which have established Kistler as a cult winery since the 1980s.

The company was founded in 1978 by Steve Kistler and remains a family-owned and operated winery. It is a relatively small producer, making just 35,000 cases annually, much of which is sold through its significant mailing list. Kistler's focus is the Burgundy varieties, making 10 vineyard-designated Chardonnay wines and four designated Pinot Noir wines. 

One heritage Californian selection of Chardonnay planted across fifteen vineyards, from Carneros to Sonoma Valley, to the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. From those sites we produce eleven vineyard designate Chardonnays. We are wholly dedicated to the ideal of wines of site. It’s an unparalleled approach in the new world.

Two heritage selections of Pinot Noir inform all of our Pinot Noirs. Originally hailing from a Grand Cru vineyard in Burgundy, we’ve been propagating these two selections for the last twenty-five years. They, like our Chardonnay clone are very low yielding, resulting in wines with a natural density and concentration of flavor, balanced by elegant natural acids and elevated aromatics.

 

        

Product Details

Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage 2000
Rating RP99
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Kistler
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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Robert Parker RP99 - 2000 Kistler Occidental Vineyard Cuvee Elizabeth Pinot Noir - 99 Pts! The 2000 Pinot Noir Occidental Vineyard Cuvee Elizabeth is profound. An opaque purple color is followed by gorgeous aromas of white flowers minerals black raspberries cherries and toast. It is slightly tight from high tannin and boasts layers of flavor astonishing purity as well as fruit intensity and a finish that lasts for nearly a minute. This majestic Pinot Noir is one of the most remarkable New World Pinots I have ever tasted. It can easily compete with the most profound French Burgundies. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2015. Bravo! Steve Kistler and his sidekick Mark Bixler feel that the key to making top quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in 2000 an extremely cold year with higher acids was patience. Some years the flavors come early and in other years they are much later. 

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Winery Details

Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage 2000
Rating RP99
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Kistler
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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