Occidental - Freestone - Pinot Noir - Sonoma Coast

95 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
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Occidental - Freestone - Pinot Noir - Sonoma Coast - 2019 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Occidental - Freestone - Pinot Noir - Sonoma Coast

95 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
93 points - The Wine Advocate
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The 2019 Pinot Noir Freestone-Occidental has a medium ruby-purple color and pure, fragrant cranberry sauce, rhubarb, orange peel, dried flowers, saline and underbrush on the nose. The light-bodied palate is classically coastal with crisp, tangy red fruits layered with earth and saline, and a long, ethereal finish.
The 2018 Pinot Noir Freestone-Occidental comes mostly from younger vines at the Occidental property but is made with the same attention to detail as the other wines in the portfolio, using free-run juice. Its nose is an aromatic well, offering crushed blueberries, charcuterie, Earl Grey tea leaves, graphite, saline, bitter orange peel and potpourri aromas. In the mouth, it explodes with lush fruits that give way after their initial rush to bitter, citrusy, minerally accents. It has a fine grain, seamless freshness and long, layered finish. It's enjoyable now but will age well over the next five to eight-plus years.
Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Freestone-Occidental has super intense notes of redcurrants, black raspberries, black cherries and violets with hints of dark chocolate, cinnamon stick and smoked meats plus a waft of underbrush. Wonderfully elegant in the mouth with vibrant black and red fruits, earth and savory layers, it has a firm frame of finely grained tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing long with an exciting herbal lift. Around 2,000 cases were produced.
Type:
Red
Country:
USA
Region:
California
Appellation:
Sonoma Coast
Producer:
Kistler Vineyards
Grapes/Blend:
Pinot Noir
ABV:
14%

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Kistler Vineyards

Kistler Vineyards

Kistler is a renowned wine producer based in California, USA. The winery was founded in 1978 by Steve Kistler, who had a passion for producing high-quality Chardonnay and...

Kistler is a renowned wine producer based in California, USA. The winery was founded in 1978 by Steve Kistler, who had a passion for producing high-quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. Kistler's wines are known for their elegance, complexity, and balance, which are achieved through meticulous attention to detail in every step of the winemaking process.

Kistler's vineyards are located in some of the most prestigious wine regions in California, including the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, and Carneros. The winery's Chardonnay grapes are sourced from several vineyards, including the famous Dutton Ranch, which is known for its cool climate and well-draining soils. Kistler's Pinot Noir grapes are sourced from vineyards in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast, which are known for their ideal growing conditions for this varietal.

Kistler's winemaking philosophy is based on minimal intervention, allowing the grapes to express their unique terroir. The winery uses only natural yeasts for fermentation and avoids fining and filtration, which can strip the wine of its natural flavors and aromas. Kistler's Chardonnay wines are aged in French oak barrels, which impart subtle flavors of vanilla and toast, while the Pinot Noir wines are aged in a combination of new and used French oak barrels, which add complexity and depth to the wine.

Kistler's wines have received numerous accolades and awards over the years, including high scores from wine critics such as Robert Parker and Wine Spectator. The winery's Chardonnay wines are particularly renowned, with the Kistler Vineyard Chardonnay being one of the most sought-after wines in California. The wine is known for its rich, creamy texture, balanced acidity, and flavors of tropical fruit, citrus, and vanilla.

Overall, Kistler is a producer that is dedicated to producing wines of exceptional quality and character. The winery's commitment to minimal intervention and attention to detail in every step of the winemaking process has resulted in some of the most highly-regarded wines in California. Whether you are a fan of Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, Kistler's wines are sure to impress.

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California

California is a region that is well-known for its wine production. The state has a long history of wine production, dating back to the 18th century when Spanish...

California is a region that is well-known for its wine production. The state has a long history of wine production, dating back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries first planted grapevines in the area. Today, California is home to some of the most famous wine producers in the world, including Napa Valley and Sonoma County.

One of the most well-known wine producers in California is Robert Mondavi Winery. Founded in 1966, the winery is located in the heart of Napa Valley and is known for its high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Robert Mondavi Winery is also known for its commitment to sustainability, using environmentally friendly practices in its vineyards and winemaking processes.

Another famous wine producer in California is Opus One Winery. Founded in 1979 by Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Opus One is located in Napa Valley and is known for its Bordeaux-style blends. The winery uses a combination of traditional and modern winemaking techniques to produce its high-quality wines.

In addition to these famous wine producers, California is also home to a number of smaller, boutique wineries. One such winery is Kistler Vineyards, located in Sonoma County. Kistler Vineyards is known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which are made using traditional winemaking techniques and aged in French oak barrels.

Moving on to spirits, California is also home to a number of famous distilleries. One such distillery is St. George Spirits, located in Alameda. St. George Spirits is known for its artisanal spirits, including gin, vodka, and absinthe. The distillery uses a combination of traditional and modern techniques to produce its high-quality spirits.

Another famous distillery in California is Anchor Distilling Company, located in San Francisco. Anchor Distilling Company is known for its Old Potrero Rye Whiskey, which is made using traditional methods and aged in oak barrels. The distillery also produces a number of other spirits, including gin, vodka, and rum.

Overall, California is a region that is known for its high-quality wine and spirits production. Whether you are looking for a famous wine producer like Robert Mondavi Winery or a smaller, boutique winery like Kistler Vineyards, California has something to offer for every wine lover. Similarly, if you are a spirits enthusiast, you can't go wrong with a visit to St. George Spirits or Anchor Distilling Company.

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Sonoma Coast

Sonoma Coast

Sonoma Coast is a wine region located in California, USA. The region is known for producing high-quality wines that are rich in flavor and aroma. The history of...

Sonoma Coast is a wine region located in California, USA. The region is known for producing high-quality wines that are rich in flavor and aroma. The history of winemaking in Sonoma Coast dates back to the early 1800s when the first vineyards were planted in the region. Today, Sonoma Coast is home to some of the most renowned wineries in the world.

The style of production in Sonoma Coast is characterized by a focus on quality and sustainability. The wineries in the region use traditional winemaking techniques combined with modern technology to produce wines that are both delicious and environmentally friendly. The grapes used in the production of Sonoma Coast wines are carefully selected and handpicked to ensure that only the best grapes are used.

The types of wines produced in Sonoma Coast are diverse and include both red and white wines. Some of the most popular wines produced in the region include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. These wines are known for their complex flavors and aromas, which are a result of the unique terroir of the region.

One of the most renowned wineries in Sonoma Coast is Flowers Vineyard & Winery. This winery is known for producing some of the best Pinot Noir wines in the world. The winery is located on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which provides the perfect climate for growing grapes. The winery uses sustainable farming practices and minimal intervention winemaking techniques to produce wines that are both delicious and environmentally friendly.

Another notable winery in Sonoma Coast is Hirsch Vineyards. This winery is known for producing some of the best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines in the region. The winery is located on the Sonoma Coast and is surrounded by redwood forests and rolling hills. The winery uses biodynamic farming practices and minimal intervention winemaking techniques to produce wines that are both delicious and environmentally friendly.

In conclusion, Sonoma Coast is a wine region that is known for producing high-quality wines that are rich in flavor and aroma. The wineries in the region use traditional winemaking techniques combined with modern technology to produce wines that are both delicious and environmentally friendly. The types of wines produced in Sonoma Coast are diverse and include both red and white wines. Some of the most popular wines produced in the region include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah.

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