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Occidental SWK Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

$179.00

SKU 22679

750ml

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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
Varietal
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 also profound. The 2012 Pinot Noir SWK Vineyard also comes from his 65 acres planted in Occidental. This is a 1,000-case cuvée from a site that sits above the Bodega Headlands Vineyard. With a dark ruby color like its siblings, it is made from 100% Calera and sees only about 30% new French oak. This wine offers a copious mouthful of red, blue and black fruits, medium to full body, terrific acidity, and intense black raspberry and black cherry fruit along with spring flowers, forest floor and spice box. This is a stunning, super-complex, compelling Pinot Noir to drink over the next decade or more.

Robert Parker, January 2015