2017 Occidental Pinot Noir Occidental Station Vineyard

Year: 2017
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 95+
Vinous Media: 97
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"The 2017 Pinot Noir Occidental Station Vineyard comes from vines planted by Steve Kistler in 1998. He says this is usually the first vineyard to be picked, up to three weeks before the other Pinots are picked. This wine was made using about 30% whole clusters, the highest percentage Kistler normally uses. It has a medium ruby color, and the nose bursts with aromas: saline, tar, dried tea leaves, iron, crushed stone and violets with a core of fresh red and black berry fruit. The medium-bodied palate is a bit more lushly fruited than the others this vintage, but it is extremely classy with a super fine grain, seamless freshness and long, ethereal finish. This is a stunning wine that will benefit from another few years in bottle." (WA)

"The 2017 Pinot Noir Occidental Station is stunning from the very first taste. The purity of the fruit here is simply dazzling. Soft curves, silky tannins and soaring aromatics give the Occidental Station tons of allure. Super-ripe red cherry, red plum, blood orange, mint and sweet spice infuse the 2017 with tremendous nuance. All the elements meld together in a racy, inviting Pinot that hits all the right notes. The Occidental Station is the one wine in this range that has stems (30%), but they aren't especially notable. In a word: stunning." (VM)

Winery Notes:
From the best blocks of this superb vineyard, which have been the source of our Cuvée Catherine bottling for nearly fifteen years. The site was planted by Steve Kistler in 1999.

Striking aromas of boysenberry, violet, and cassis. Superb concentration and intensity on the palate without any dimension of weight. Deep, powerful, and bursting with energy. A strong sense of minerality infuses the purple flavors with terrific drive and tension. Finishes very long and precise with a rising violet perfume. - SK

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