Occidental 2019 'Freestone-Occidental' Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, CA, USA - DECANTsf

Occidental 2019 'Freestone-Occidental' Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, CA, USA

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Occidental 2019 'Freestone-Occidental' Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, CA, USA

Occidental is the highly-lauded project of famed winemaker Steve Kistler and his family. Steve is most well-known for his eponymous label, Kistler Vineyards, which has been dedicated to making world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from California’s north coast for over 30 years. While Steve remains CEO of Kistler Vineyards, his desire to focus solely on Pinot Noir was the impetus behind creating Occidental. 

Winemaker: Stephen Kistler

Farming: Sustainable with organic practices.

Variety: Pinot Noir

Terroir: Situated just 4 miles from the Ocean in western Sonoma’s Bodega Headlands, Occidental currently has 85 acres of primarily Pinot Noir planted to a proprietary selection from Grand Cru Vosne-Romanée clones on Riparia Gloire and 101‐14 rootstocks. For this bottling, fruit is from Bodega Headlands, Occidental Station, and Bodega Ridge vineyards. A mix of decomposed marine sediments, red, iron-rich sandstone soils.

Vinification: Harvested at night and arrives cool at the winery the next morning where it is carefully sorted twice. Each vineyard block is fermented separately in 2-4 ton increments. Native yeast fermentation. The wine goes into bottle after 14 months in barrel unfined and unfiltered with a minimum level of SO2. 

Tasting Notes: Aromatically the wine is red-fruit forward, with notes of brambly, barely ripe raspberries as well as damp earth and a hint of fresh herbs. On the palate, the wine is full of finesse with a combination of red and blue fruits, as well as a minerally finish. Very delicious and drinkable now, or can be held for a few years. 


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