Occidental Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Country United States
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Wine Type Red - Still
Varietals Pinot Noir
Farming Dry farmed.
Vineyard Steve Kistler planted this site (in partnership with the Dutton family) in 1990 using heritage selection massale Pinot Noir material. For many years, this site supplied grapes for his coveted Cuvée Catherine. The Dutton’s decided to sell the property in 2009 to Evening Land. Ceritas signed a long-term lease in 2016 allowing them to work the site as they would like. The site is perfectly situated. South facing. Heritage selection massale clonal material.
Soil Blue schist soils with moderate clay content. Well drained due to underlying bedrock.
Vinification No cold soaking, just cold fermentation for 15-20 days. 50% Whole Cluster. 25% New oak, from over 100 year old trees, 12 months in barrel. Racked back into neutral barrel before bottling, bottled unfined and unfiltered
Aging Aged for 11 months in oak barrel. Approximately 25% new oak.
Notes "Glorious bouquet that is quintessential West Sonoma Coast. Crushed blueberry and incense with violet overtones. Not as powerful as the 2016, but oozes refinement. The palate shows exquisite balance, filigreed tannin and silky texture. Perfect salinity towards the finish allowing the wine to sing long after the last sip. Articulate and magnificent." - John Raytek
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