2013 Kistler Occidental Pinot Noir SWK Vineyard

Year: 2013
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 90+
Vinous Media: 96+
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
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"A charming expression of vibrant, delicate Pinot Noir, with juicy acidity and supple blackberry, plum and wild berry flavors that subtly reverberate. Ends with a long, pure finish. Drink now. 1,046 cases made.–JL " (WS)

"The 2013 Pinot Noir SWK Vineyard, is 100% destemmed, ripe but more restrained, spicy and well-made, with good upside, but needs another 1-2 years of bottle age.

Steve Kistler’s personal project on the Sonoma Coast appears under the name Occidental Wines. He makes about 1,000 cases of these wines. These are all impressive and suggest a brilliant future for his three Pinot Noir vineyards.

Not surprisingly, Steve Kistler’s Occidental project is a brilliant one and gives consumers another fabulous alternative when it comes to world-class Pinot Noir." (WA)

"The 2013 Pinot Noir SWK Vineyard is the most tannic and structured of these Pinots from Occidental. As such, it is going to need at least a few years in bottle to unwind. Beams of chalky tannin underpin a deeply expressive Pinot endowed with intensely mineral and savory overtones. Vivid and beautifully sculpted throughout, the 2013 is impressive, even in the early going." (VM)

Winery Notes:
High-pitched aromas of pomegranates, red raspberry, rose and crushed stone. Rich, full, and tightly structured, with an intense floral perfume leading to a slow-building mineral finish. Combines power and concentration with finesse. Decant and enjoy.

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