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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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) The 2019 Freestone is youthfully vibrant purple in colour. Its nose is full of deep notes of juicy, fresh black cherries with a wonderful, lifted, cleansing, mineral freshness behind. It is a gorgeous nose complete with touches of earthy spice, feeling juicy-ripe but not overripe at all – just right. The palate continues to evidence the same juicy black cherry and raspberry fruit but it is initially leaner than expected from the bouquet. More blue, black and red berry fruit comes through on the second tasting like an unadulterated, fresh berry fruit salad. The tannins are fine-grained but very pert, sitting firmly on the tongue. Behind all of this though lies a chalky minerality which keeps the wine focused, delineated and precise. The clearly ripe fruit in the background just needs a bit more time to shine through. This is extremely harmonious with a superbly refreshing finish.
Delivery to Storage from 30 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 1 - Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £442.07
Occidental Pinot Noir Occidental Station Vineyard 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,096.07
2018

Occidental Pinot Noir Occidental Station Vineyard 2018 (6x75cl) The 2018 Occidental Station feels more intense than the Cuvée Elizabeth with a nose that is much more closed initially and one with darker fruit. This gradually opens up to reveal black cherries which are accompanied by pure, floral notes of palma violets and cherry blossom. This wine’s beautiful, delicate fragrance could almost be confused with the bouquet of a cool climate Syrah, the chargrilled notes and touches of kirsch dark chocolate only serving to add to that impression. Upon tasting, it is clear that this is indeed a dark horse, a Black Beauty no less, with the bouquet of violets and dark cherries flowering on the palate, supported but a lifted seam of macerated redcurrants. This is very pure and very focused with almost exotic notes of sweet spice and rose petals… a very feminine wine, if that can still be said. The tannins are gentle and so fine they are barely noticeable. This is a really beautiful and amazingly fragrant wine with an intense, long, blackberry-juice finish. Delicious!
Delivery to Storage from 30 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 1 - Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,096.07
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) The 2019 Freestone is youthfully vibrant purple in colour. Its nose is full of deep notes of juicy, fresh black cherries with a wonderful, lifted, cleansing, mineral freshness behind. It is a gorgeous nose complete with touches of earthy spice, feeling juicy-ripe but not overripe at all – just right. The palate continues to evidence the same juicy black cherry and raspberry fruit but it is initially leaner than expected from the bouquet. More blue, black and red berry fruit comes through on the second tasting like an unadulterated, fresh berry fruit salad. The tannins are fine-grained but very pert, sitting firmly on the tongue. Behind all of this though lies a chalky minerality which keeps the wine focused, delineated and precise. The clearly ripe fruit in the background just needs a bit more time to shine through. This is extremely harmonious with a superbly refreshing finish.
Delivery to Storage from 30 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 1 - Read Review/Description In Bond: £355.00
Occidental Pinot Noir Occidental Station Vineyard 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £900.00
2018

Occidental Pinot Noir Occidental Station Vineyard 2018 (6x75cl) The 2018 Occidental Station feels more intense than the Cuvée Elizabeth with a nose that is much more closed initially and one with darker fruit. This gradually opens up to reveal black cherries which are accompanied by pure, floral notes of palma violets and cherry blossom. This wine’s beautiful, delicate fragrance could almost be confused with the bouquet of a cool climate Syrah, the chargrilled notes and touches of kirsch dark chocolate only serving to add to that impression. Upon tasting, it is clear that this is indeed a dark horse, a Black Beauty no less, with the bouquet of violets and dark cherries flowering on the palate, supported but a lifted seam of macerated redcurrants. This is very pure and very focused with almost exotic notes of sweet spice and rose petals… a very feminine wine, if that can still be said. The tannins are gentle and so fine they are barely noticeable. This is a really beautiful and amazingly fragrant wine with an intense, long, blackberry-juice finish. Delicious!
Delivery to Storage from 30 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 1 - Read Review/Description In Bond: £900.00

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