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    Occidental

    About Occidental

     

    Occidental is Steve Kistler’s passion project in the Freestone-Occidental area of California. Established in 2013 for one singular purpose only, the man of unbridled ambition seeks to produce incredible Pinot Noir from the region.

     

    With the help of his daughters, Kistler's new winery was completed just in time to harvest that most coveted and often fickle grape - Pinot Noir in 2013. Truly minuscule production means that many buyers may not have known about the roaring success of Occidental on its very first vintage. Critical scores are also hard to find due to lack of samples, but there were always whispers of an outstandingly beautiful Pinot Noir from the coolest regions of the Freestone-Occidental area.

     

    About Steve Kistler

    Steve Kistler is a man of unbridled ambition. Many buyers will be very familiar with Kistler Vineyard - famed for its powerfully expressive yet elegant Chardonnay. The leading cult Californian winery was founded in 1978. The family-run estate's vineyards stretch from Western Sonoma to just North of San Francisco Bay and have produced notoriously rare and sought-after wines for close to four decades.

     

    Occidental Wines

    The Occidental wines are produced from vineyards on a southwest-facing ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean, just outside the town of Bodega. This ridge and the surrounding headlands mark the western edge of the Freestone-Occidental area and are among the coldest and latest ripening sites where pinot noir is grown in western Sonoma. The estate produces five wines, including the house blend, Freestone-Occidental, and four single-vineyard Pinots, namely, Bodega Headlands Cuvée Elizabeth, Running Fence Cuvée Catherine, SWK Vineyard, Occidental Station Vineyard.

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    Prices: In Bond Inc. VAT
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Occidental Freestone Occidental Pinot Noir 2019 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £442.07
    2019

    Occidental Freestone Occidental Pinot Noir 2019 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (94)

    The 2019 Pinot Noir (Freestone Occidental) is a blend of mostly young vines from Running Fence, Bodega Ridge plus a bit of Bodega Headlands. Delicate and elegant, with striking depth, the 2019 is a total knock-out. Red/purplish berry fruit, lavender, rose petal, mint and blood orange are all beautifully delineated. The 2019 spent 11 months in barrel, 25% new, followed by 3 months in tank. It is a fabulous introduction to the vintage. I can’t wait to taste the vineyard designates.
    3 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    California 6x75cl 3 94 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £442.07
    Occidental Freestone Occidental Pinot Noir 2020 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £328.07
    2020

    Occidental Freestone Occidental Pinot Noir 2020 (6x75cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    3-4 months

    California 6x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £328.07
    Occidental Pinot Noir Bodega Headlands Cuvee Elizabeth 2018 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £796.07
    2018

    Occidental Pinot Noir Bodega Headlands Cuvee Elizabeth 2018 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (96)

    The 2018 Pinot Noir Bodega Headlands Cuvée Elizabeth is a gorgeous, elegant wine. Hints of rose petal, cinnamon and crushed red berry fruit all grace this lithe, understated Pinot Noir. In its first impression, the Cuvée Elizabeth is the most aromatic and lifted of these wines, but it gains volume and darker tonalities of fruit with aeration. If opened young, the 2018 will benefit immensely from being opened in advance.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    California 6x75cl 1 96 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £796.07
    Occidental Pinot Noir Occidental Station Vineyard 2018 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,097.27
    2018

    Occidental Pinot Noir Occidental Station Vineyard 2018 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (98)

    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.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    California 6x75cl 1 98 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,097.27
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Occidental Freestone Occidental Pinot Noir 2019 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £355.00
    2019

    Occidental Freestone Occidental Pinot Noir 2019 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (94)

    The 2019 Pinot Noir (Freestone Occidental) is a blend of mostly young vines from Running Fence, Bodega Ridge plus a bit of Bodega Headlands. Delicate and elegant, with striking depth, the 2019 is a total knock-out. Red/purplish berry fruit, lavender, rose petal, mint and blood orange are all beautifully delineated. The 2019 spent 11 months in barrel, 25% new, followed by 3 months in tank. It is a fabulous introduction to the vintage. I can’t wait to taste the vineyard designates.
    3 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    California 6x75cl 3 94 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £355.00
    Occidental Freestone Occidental Pinot Noir 2020 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £260.00
    2020

    Occidental Freestone Occidental Pinot Noir 2020 (6x75cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    3-4 months

    California 6x75cl 1 - In Bond: £260.00
    Occidental Pinot Noir Bodega Headlands Cuvee Elizabeth 2018 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £650.00
    2018

    Occidental Pinot Noir Bodega Headlands Cuvee Elizabeth 2018 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (96)

    The 2018 Pinot Noir Bodega Headlands Cuvée Elizabeth is a gorgeous, elegant wine. Hints of rose petal, cinnamon and crushed red berry fruit all grace this lithe, understated Pinot Noir. In its first impression, the Cuvée Elizabeth is the most aromatic and lifted of these wines, but it gains volume and darker tonalities of fruit with aeration. If opened young, the 2018 will benefit immensely from being opened in advance.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    California 6x75cl 1 96 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £650.00
    Occidental Pinot Noir Occidental Station Vineyard 2018 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £901.00
    2018

    Occidental Pinot Noir Occidental Station Vineyard 2018 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (98)

    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.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    California 6x75cl 1 98 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £901.00

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