Kistler Cuvée Cathleen Kistler Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

$139

Kistler's rare single Vineyard Cuvee Cathleen Chardonnay. Limited. 96 Points Robert Parker:  "The top cuvée, the 2012 Chardonnay Cuvée Cathleen, comes from the Kistler Vineyard and is essentially a selection of the best barrels. As you can imagine, it's similar to the Kistler Vineyard, with many of the same aromatic and flavor components, just slightly more intense and perhaps a trifle longer. Both of these Kistler Vineyard cuvées are spectacular Chardonnays to drink over the next 5-8 years... ...The Kistler wines were bottled in November/December of 2013 and have had a good nine to ten months to recover from the bottling period. They all performed impressively well, showing perfect acids, great purity and freshness, medium to full-bodied mouthfeels and long finishes. It seems as though there have been a few subtle changes, with perhaps slightly less new oak being used than in the past, and possibly earlier bottling, but these are very minor adjustments in Kistler's Chardonnay style, which is Burgundian, but captures the essence of the beautiful fruit that is available in the viticultural Shangri-La of the diverse microclimates of Sonoma."

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Ratings on Delectable

Shay A Delectable Pro

After a couple months of hiatus, the Friday City Club group was able to get back together (albeit a smaller, more spread out group) for an epic hosting by @joe leatherwood . 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 5 reds and 1 dessert wine, all served blind. I had this same vintage a little over a year ago and my note is very similar. I got a distinct hay note aromatically that I really haven’t come across much. It wasn’t herbal, but slightly more green and unique. Honeysuckle and honeyed stone fruits on the nose as well. Big and commanding on the palate and slightly more savory...lemon oil, sea salt and almond croissant. I called this 8-10yr old Cali chard.

After a couple months of hiatus, the Friday City Club group was able to get back together (albeit a smaller, more spread out group) for an epic hosting by @joe leatherwood . 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 5 reds and 1 dessert wine, all served blind. I had this same vintage a little over a year ago and my note is very similar. I got a distinct hay note aromatically that I really haven’t come across much. It wasn’t herbal, but slightly more green and unique. Honeysuckle and honeyed stone fruits on the nose as well. Big and commanding on the palate and slightly more savory...lemon oil, sea salt and almond croissant. I called this 8-10yr old Cali chard.

9.4

Shay A Delectable Pro

Honeysuckle, honeyed mango, hay, green Apple and limestone on the nose but slightly more savory on the palate...with popcorn kernel and caramel. The finish then turned back slightly more delicate with white flower and honeycomb.

Honeysuckle, honeyed mango, hay, green Apple and limestone on the nose but slightly more savory on the palate...with popcorn kernel and caramel. The finish then turned back slightly more delicate with white flower and honeycomb.

9.3

Geoff Labitzke Delectable Pro

Okay I'm a bit of a homer on all these Kistler wines. I admit it. This 2012 cuvée Kathleen was my favorite when I tasted it out of barrel year before it was bottled. I have not tasted enough cuvée Cathleen until tonight. There are oily aromas. There are also aromas of stone fruit and some citrus. Very complex integration of oak is evident . This is a wine of profound concentration. This is a real keeper

Okay I'm a bit of a homer on all these Kistler wines. I admit it. This 2012 cuvée Kathleen was my favorite when I tasted it out of barrel year before it was bottled. I have not tasted enough cuvée Cathleen until tonight. There are oily aromas. There are also aromas of stone fruit and some citrus. Very complex integration of oak is evident . This is a wine of profound concentration. This is a real keeper

10

Darren Dittrich Delectable Pro

Rich, oily, unctuous. Honeydew, oak, and vanilla richness. This is perhaps one of last big Kistler Chards, and I welcome the move to balance. But still: delicious. This wine is ready to drink.

Rich, oily, unctuous. Honeydew, oak, and vanilla richness. This is perhaps one of last big Kistler Chards, and I welcome the move to balance. But still: delicious. This wine is ready to drink.

9.4

Victor Hwang

Long and beautiful. Smooth, sweet, acidity all in balance

Long and beautiful. Smooth, sweet, acidity all in balance

9.3

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