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Occidental Bodega Headlands Vineyard Cuvée Elizabeth Pinot Noir 2012


SKU 22681


Steve Kistler, founder and winemaker of Kistler Vineyards for 35 years, has established a new pinot noir brand, "Occidental." Occidental is dedicated exclusively to the production of world class pinot noir from the Sonoma Coast. Occidental built a state-of-the-art pinot noir production facility just east of the town of Bodega on a ridge top next to the Bodega Headlands Vineyard overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Peak capacity is planned to be 7500 cases of pinot noir.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Sonoma County
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Brand Occidental
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Wine AdvocateAs good as the Cuvée Catherine is, there is another Occidental Pinot that is profound. There are 2,000 cases of the 2012 Pinot Noir Bodega Headlands Cuvée Elizabeth. This wine reminded me of my earlier days in Burgundy tasting the Grand Cru Musigny. Incredible floral notes, sweet raspberries and blueberries as well as wet rocks soar from the glass of this profound, medium to full-bodied, gorgeous Pinot Noir made from 100% Calera clone. Stunning ripeness, great acids, and terrific delineation are all present in this super-intense, fragrant, modern classic from Steve Kistler. It should drink well for at least a decade, possibly a lot longer.

Robert Parker, January 2015