Occidental is the family project of Californian winemaking legend Steve Kistler, who made his name with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the 80s and 90s sourced from other people's vineyards. In the 1990s he began to buy land and plant on the coolest areas of the Sonoma Coast, and only began making wine from them from 2011 onwards. He uses mostly his same cellar crew and makes wines of great precision and absolute clarity of purpose. These are possibly the most pristine Pinot Noirs we have tasted from California.
The wine is coming from the Bodega Headlands, Occidental Station and Bodega Ridge Vineyards. The wine has a tension and a nervy acidity combined with wild flower perfume and subtle spice. The silky texture and fine grained, chalky tannins are a nod to the gentle punch downs that take place at the winery.
‘The 2017 Freestone-Occidental wine shares the same winemaking techniques as our vineyard designated pinot noirs. The 2017 Freestone-Occidental is a vibrant, perfumed wine with a chiseled red-fruit character that is typical of the wines from our Bodega Headlands and Bodega Ridge properties. The 2017 Freestone-Occidental offers a superb balance of primary red fruits and saline elements. It conveys outstanding energy, precision and lift in the mouth and finishes vibrant and long with discreet tannins. Its modest alcohol (14.1%) makes this wine a perfect complement to any meal. It is delicious now and will develop nicely in bottle’ -Steve Kistler
Origin: Sonoma Coast / California
Grapes: Pinot Noir