2018 Occidental Pinot Noir Occidental Station Vineyard

Year: 2018
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Country: USA - California
Vinous Media: 98
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.4%
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"The 2018 Pinot Noir Occidental Station is a dense, packed Pinot. Its huge core of fruit gives the Occidental Station tons of inner strength. Readers will have to be patient. Time in the glass brings out a whole range of inky red fruit, blood orange, exotic spice aromas and flavors, with swaths of tannin that wrap it all together. As always, the Occidental Station is quite a different beast from the other wines in the range, as it emerges from a site about fifteen miles from the winery that is quite a bit warmer and therefore lends a decidedly more exotic, ripe personality to the flavors. Even so, there is plenty of supporting structure and minerality to balance things out." (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.

An intense bouquet of boysenberry, violet, and cassis aromas. Superb concentration of purple and red fruits on palate without any dimension of weight. There is tension between the stony mineral backbone, bright acidity, and striking red cherry and black currants. Silky tannins are entirely folded into the fruit. Finishes bursting with vibrant purple flavors and a rising violet perfume. -SK