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2016 PINOT NOIR, Occidental Station, Occidental-Freestone. West Sonoma Coast, California

Bin:  1943

Alcohol percentage:  14%


The far west coast of Sonoma, overlooking the Pacific, is the only home of truly ‘cool climate’ viticulture in California. It gained its own AVA in 2022 but has been an impressive source of fine, delicate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for a few decades.

Grape variety:

100% Pinot Noir, matured in French oak (from Francois Frères) for a year (25% new wood).


Steve Kistler sold his family’s eponymous winery (renowned as the best Chardonnay producer in the state) and set up the ‘Occidental’ winery in 2011, but he had been farming and planting vineyards in the area since 1995.

“The Occidental Station Vineyard is the most inland of our sites, planted east of the town of Occidental in 1999. A variety of stones and pebbles are distributed throughout the red, iron-rich sandstone soils. These are well-drained and highly permeable soils with just enough water holding capacity to support a dry farmed vineyard in balance.

The clusters are a bit fuller than those from Bodega Headlands, but the berries are small, have thick skin, and there is typically a generous amount of millerandage in most blocks.

The Occidental Station Vineyard consistently sets a good crop and is always the first vineyard to be picked. Interestingly, since the fruit from this site goes into the fermenters first each year without the benefit of a large population of native yeasts already circulating in the winery, it is often the slowest to start to ferment. It often takes ten days or longer to begin fermenting and as long as three weeks to complete. The longer time in the fermenter only enhances its expressive personality that features a vibrant purple color, bright natural acidity, and notes of violet, purple fruits, and cassis.”

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