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Occidental Freestone Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2019

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  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2019
  • ABV: 14%
  • Origin: Sonoma Coast / California
  • Grapes: Pinot Noir

Description

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 2019 Pinot Noir Freestone-Occidental has a medium ruby-purple color and pure, fragrant cranberry sauce, rhubarb, orange peel, dried flowers, saline and underbrush on the nose. The light-bodied palate is classically coastal with crisp, tangy red fruits layered with earth and saline, and a long, ethereal finish. 95pts Wine Advocate