Occidental Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Country United States
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Wine Type Red - Still
Varietals Pinot Noir
Farming Dry farmed.
Vineyard Perched on the south-west ridgeline looking directly at the Pacific Ocean puts the vines right in the heart of the coastal weather. High concentration of rocks pushes the vines to their limit. The Calera clones were planted over 30 years ago.
Soil Blue schist and quartz soils with moderate clay content. Well drained due to underlying bedrock.
Viticulture Vineyard is dry farmed and cane pruning is employed to maximize fruit budding potential. Vines yield 1.2 tons/ acre (15 hl/ha).
Vinification Hand harvested and intensely sorted at the winery ensuring only the best fruit goes to tank. The grapes are fermented with 75% whole cluster and 25% de-stemmed for 19 days. Free run and light pressings.
Aging Aged for 16 months in a combination of neutral french oak barrels and 30% new oak.
Notes "This is the wine we had always dreamed of making from this site since we began with it in 2016. We are thrilled. Perfumed and masculine. A singular expression not found elsewhere. Very precise bouquet of tart cherry, black raspberry, and violet aromas – quintessential Occidental. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip (50% whole cluster) with moderate acidity. Good structure with a noticeable saline finish lingers in the mouth, revealing flavors of dark cherry, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Perfectly balanced with juicy long finish. Delicious." - John Raytek
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