Kistler Camp Meeting Ridge Pinot Noir 1996
Wine SpectatorRich, smoky and exotic, with toasty oak, vanilla, fig, pear and hazelnut flavors that are deeply concentrated, long and complex on the finish. Drink now through 2004. 285 cases made.
International Wine CellarDark red-ruby. Aroma of raw crushed blackberries along with exotic suggestions of peach and apricot. Huge, mouthfilling and lush; extremely rich pinot noir with the sheer size of a grand cru Burgundy. Yet almost magically, this big boy retains a primary fruit quality, and sound acids give the finish excellent grip. Seamless and very long. This wine sappy, deep fruit held up remarkably well in the recorked bottle.
Wine AdvocateThe dense ruby-colored 1996 Pinot Noir Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard (150 cases) is a fruit bomb, offering copious quantities of lush black fruits intermixed with underbrush, minerals, and spice. Gorgeously proportioned, medium to full-bodied, with well-integrated tannin and acidity, its vibrancy, purity, and liveliness are commendable. This wine should drink well young, and keep for a decade. Kistler's Pinot Noirs are among my favorites being made in the New World. The wines are 100% destemmed, the fermentations are 100% natural (indigenous yeasts), they are put through a complete malolactic fermentation, and totally aged in new oak. Bottling is accomplished with neither fining nor filtration. Sadly, the wines are made in small lots.