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2020 Occidental Pinot Noir, Freestone-Occidental, Sonoma County, California (750 ml)

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Lisa Perrotti-Brown wrote: "Of course, the Kistler story doesn’t end with Kistler Vineyards. Steve Kistler’s pioneering spirit and pursuit of world class Pinot Noir took him to Occidental/Freestone and beyond, with vineyards extending right out to the Bodega Headlands, practically within spitting distance of the Pacific Ocean. The vineyards for his Occidental Wines label were planted in the early 2000s, when few were even considering this now sought-after 'extreme' coastal area. When I asked Steve about the clones he planted, he replied with a secretive grin, 'It’s mostly Calera and some suitcase stuff that is very proprietary.'"

Previously 'Sonoma Coast', this wine now carries the name Freestone-Occidental to more accurately reflect its place of origin. The fruit in this Pinot Noir is a from our Bodega Headlands, Occidental Station, and Bodega Ridge vineyards. All fruit is harvested at night and arrives cool at the winery the next morning where it is carefully sorted twice. Each vineyard block is fermented separately in two to four ton increments in order to capture as much individual site character as
possible. Native yeast alcoholic fermentation as well as native malolactic fermentation. The wine goes into bottle after 14 months in barrel un-fined and unfiltered with a minimum level of SO2. Aromatically the wine is red-fruit forward, with notes of brambly, barely ripe raspberries as well as damp earth and a hint of fresh herbs. On the palate, the wine is full of finesse with a combination of red and blue fruits, as well as a minerally finish.

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