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.
Occidental Station is our first vineyard to be picked. Since the fruit always goes into our fermenters first, it does not enjoy the benefit of large populations of yeast already circulating in the winery. Therefore, it is often the slowest to start and may take over three weeks to complete alcoholic fermentation. The extended time in the fermenter only enhances its expressive personality, which features a vibrant purple color, bright natural acidity, and notes of violet, graphite, and cassis. The Occidental Station pinot noir is distinctly purple in its fruit character, in comparison to the red-fruited Bodega Headlands and SWK wines.
Deeply-pitched aromas of purple fruits, graphite and cassis. A stony minerality energizes and elevates the palate, which features an impressive array of red and black fruit flavors. Delivers great intensity and concentration without giving any impression of weight. Finishes vibrant and long with a delicate violet and blackcurrant perfume.
This wine comes from the best blocks of the Occidental Station Vineyard, which have been the source of our Cuvée Catherine bottling for nearly fifteen years. The site was planted by Steve Kistler in 1999.
Origin: Sonoma Coast / California
Grapes: Pinot Noir