2018 Kistler Russian River Pinot Noir
Region: Sonoma County
This sophisticated and elegant Pinot Noir is one of the four single-vineyard Pinots that this family owned and operated estate makes. Balanced notes of red cherries, currants, smoky earth, and rose petals dominate the wine’s medium-bodied palate -- think Cote de Nuits meets Sonoma County. New World Pinot lovers, you absolutely need to try this bottle
"The 2018 comes from a cooler Russian River site and offers a complex bouquet of red currants, smoked earth, ground pepper, and exotic floral and rose hip notes. Rich, medium-bodied, and seamless on the palate, its incredibly classy as well as perfectly balanced."
"Kistler Pinot Noirs are produced from field selections originally brought in from Burgundy. Those selections have been propagated in Kistler's vineyards, selected for specific qualities and refined into proprietary materials over the last twenty years. Kistler owns or leases just under 60 acres of prime Pinot Noir vineyards in some of the coolest sites of western Sonoma County. Each vineyard is planted with proprietary heritage clones, marked by extremely low yields usually producing about two tons per acre. Some vineyard sites are on the classic Goldridge sandy soil and others are on a more iron rich clay loam. This soil diversity combined with cool coastal influences allow for a complex array of flavor profiles available to craft Kistler's two appellation focused bottlings. The Russian River Pinot Noir is typically from earlier ripening vineyard blocks."