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Occidental Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2012 Product #31422 (In Stock)
Occidental Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2012 Occidental Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2012

Steve Kistler formed Occidental to create a smaller, more hands-on, Pinot Noir winery for himself and his daughters, Catherine and Elizabeth.  And, in just its second vintage, Occidental is already a huge success!  As Antonio Galloni said after tasting the estate’s three single-vineyard wines, “"Steve Kistler's 2012 Occidental Pinots are off the charts gorgeous... Readers who can find the Occidental Pinots should not hesitate to grab them, as they are truly magnificent."

Finding the Vinous 96-97+ point single vineyard wines is next to impossible (and, at $125-$175, expensive), so this is your best chance to enjoy Kistler’s benchmark Pinots at a very reasonable price.  The 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot is made from fruit grown in Steve’s Occidental Station and Bodega Headlands vineyards, both perched on hills bathed in the cool wines flowing through Sonoma’s Petaluma Gap.  The barrels used for this wine were just a touch more ripe and fleshy than Kistler was looking for in his single-vineyard bottlings – but no less delicious!

The wine opens with lovely aromas of crushed raspberry and cherry, cherry blossom, loamy earth and sweet baking spice.  On the palate it’s medium-bodied (at a restrained for California 14.1% alcohol) with generous flavors of tangy raspberry, sweet red cherry, and a nice layer of barrel spice (although hardly oaky!).  The pure fruit flavors keep on flowing through a fine, pure, finish leaving fresh raspberry and spice flavors lingering on.  The fine tannins and fresh acids suggest this will just keep improving over the next 5 years or so, but it’s so delicious now that you’ll be hard put to wait.  A rare and delicious opportunity to enjoy Steve Kistler’s work for those of us not on the mailing list!

Regular Price (1) Price : $69.99/ea
Sale Single Bottle (1): $39.98/ea
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