2008 Kistler, Pinot Noir “Cuvee Natalie-Silver Belt Vineyard” Sonoma Coast.
I’ve had a few Kistler’s over the years, but this was my first chance to try the Cuvee Natalie, and taste Kistler’s Silver Belt Vineyard fruit, and I was left very impressed, this 2008 is a real class act, no question. I really can’t think of another Sonoma Coast 2008 other than Cobb that I like better than this wonderful Pinot from Steve Kistler and his team. The nose is pure and there is deep aromas of roses and sweet tea spices along with smoky French oak, baking spice and vanilla leading to a round and supple palate of silky red fruits which include cherry, strawberry and poached plums with flashes of game, earth and balsamic notes. This wine is all about texture and length and still has good balance with bright acidity that is subtle and smooth. This is a great effort, and a very rewarding wine, I only hope I get to try it again.
($125-150 Est.) 93+ Points, grapelive

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