Kistler

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

9.1320 ratings
9.063 pro ratings
Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
Charles Antin

Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys

8.3

One of the crowd favorites here in chicago. Sorry kistler, I'm just not that into you.

One of the crowd favorites here in chicago. Sorry kistler, I'm just not that into you.

2 people found it helpfulNov 19th, 2014
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

This is still very good but was likely peaking 2-3 years ago. It's still drinking nicely...just better a couple years back. On the nose, stewed, candied fruits with a shade of tartiness. Blackberries, plum, dark cherries, cherries, extracted pomegranate, cranberries, raspberries, whispers of baking spices, dry limestone earth, dark volcanic minerals and decayed dark florals. The medium body is waning. Tannins completely resolved. The fruits match the nose with a touch of pruniness but still show nicely. There's more dark spices on the palate than the nose. Light baking spices with vanilla leading the way, gritty dark minerals, rich black earth, decayed dark florals & nice round acidity that rains on the palate. The finish is soft, ripe, round and elegant with spices that give a light sting on the long finish. Photos of; one of the Kistler vineyards, the Trenton Road House, the front entrance and estate patio. If you own the 01 Sonoma, it's time to drink up.

This is still very good but was likely peaking 2-3 years ago. It's still drinking nicely...just better a couple years back. On the nose, stewed, candied fruits with a shade of tartiness. Blackberries, plum, dark cherries, cherries, extracted pomegranate, cranberries, raspberries, whispers of baking spices, dry limestone earth, dark volcanic minerals and decayed dark florals. The medium body is waning. Tannins completely resolved. The fruits match the nose with a touch of pruniness but still show nicely. There's more dark spices on the palate than the nose. Light baking spices with vanilla leading the way, gritty dark minerals, rich black earth, decayed dark florals & nice round acidity that rains on the palate. The finish is soft, ripe, round and elegant with spices that give a light sting on the long finish. Photos of; one of the Kistler vineyards, the Trenton Road House, the front entrance and estate patio. If you own the 01 Sonoma, it's time to drink up.

1 person found it helpfulJun 11th, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Nose of; dark fresh florals, red roses & violets, spiced plum, raisins, fresh, dry & sour dark cherries, cherries, dry cranberries, boysenberries, a black cherry liqueur quality, warm toast, baked; black berries, blueberries, black tea, limestone and hint of black licorice. The palate is; full, round, ripe, dark and lush. Ripe & slightly sour dark cherries, blackberries, blueberries, plums, dry cranberries, raisins, boysenberries, black cherry liqueur quality, toast, black tea, limestone soil, touch of turned black earth, black tea, underbrush, softest presence of faint baking spices; cinnamon, nutmeg, clove & even fainter vanilla with suede type leather. The finish is well structured & elegance, nice balance of fruit & earth, round & lush with acidity the pours and drips over the palate. Interesting note, their Sonoma vineyard is a place where the North American continent ends abruptly in ragged, vertical cliffs and the San Andreas Fault runs directly or very near the underfoot of vineyard. Photos of the beautiful rolling Sonoma Coast vineyard, soil composition and aerial shot of Kistler.

Nose of; dark fresh florals, red roses & violets, spiced plum, raisins, fresh, dry & sour dark cherries, cherries, dry cranberries, boysenberries, a black cherry liqueur quality, warm toast, baked; black berries, blueberries, black tea, limestone and hint of black licorice. The palate is; full, round, ripe, dark and lush. Ripe & slightly sour dark cherries, blackberries, blueberries, plums, dry cranberries, raisins, boysenberries, black cherry liqueur quality, toast, black tea, limestone soil, touch of turned black earth, black tea, underbrush, softest presence of faint baking spices; cinnamon, nutmeg, clove & even fainter vanilla with suede type leather. The finish is well structured & elegance, nice balance of fruit & earth, round & lush with acidity the pours and drips over the palate. Interesting note, their Sonoma vineyard is a place where the North American continent ends abruptly in ragged, vertical cliffs and the San Andreas Fault runs directly or very near the underfoot of vineyard. Photos of the beautiful rolling Sonoma Coast vineyard, soil composition and aerial shot of Kistler.

1 person found it helpfulApr 29th, 2017
Michael Ochsner

Great cherry pie. Pretty wine.

Great cherry pie. Pretty wine.

1 person found it helpfulAug 14th, 2014
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Classic Kistler Pinot in every way. @ Pebble Beach Food & Wine.

Classic Kistler Pinot in every way. @ Pebble Beach Food & Wine.

Apr 23rd, 2017
Jen Len

Bartender/Sommelier Caña, JC

9.2

I could drink bottles of this.

I could drink bottles of this.

Aug 14th, 2016
Sean Genn

%100 new French oak and it wears it very well

%100 new French oak and it wears it very well

Feb 17th, 2016
Will Phelps

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

8.8

A bit flabby, lots of fruit left but not much acid. Drink now.

A bit flabby, lots of fruit left but not much acid. Drink now.

Jan 21st, 2016
Ron Yates

Delicious!

Delicious!

Dec 3rd, 2015