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The 2010 Pinot Noir Silver Belt Cuvee Natalie is a pretty, aromatic wine endowed with gorgeous lift and a gracious personality, with none of the wilder notes found in the Kistler Vineyard. The Cuvee Natalie is quite delicate, at times even a bit frail, but it nevertheless impresses with its superb purity and fine overall balance. There is a sense of energy in the Cuvee Natalie that is highly appealing. My impression is that the Cuvee Natalie is not built for the long haul, but it will drink nicely for at least the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020.
The vineyard was the creation of the Kistler family and was founded in 1978 and has made a name for itself through consistency, quality and stellar wines, without the use of any marketing whatsoever. Both their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are crafted utilizing classic Burgundian techniques.
The Chardonnay comes from ten vineyard designate sites, all with distinct regional characteristics. Each site utilizes the same California heritage selection clone but each wine develops their own personality through traditional winemaking techniques. The Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Mountain, and Carneros AVA’s fruit is used to produce their fine wines. Kistler Pinot Noir is intense, highly extracted and oaked to perfection. Aged for up to 14 months in only new French oak, these celebrated wines are always unfined and unfiltered. Kistler is undeniably one of the world’s finest estates and is passionate and dedicated about mixing Burgundy style wines with the essence of the beautiful fruit from Sonoma.
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