"The 2014 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is a tremendous appellation level Pinot. Deep, textured and resonant, the 2014 possesses striking depth and elegance not to mention impeccable overall balance. Succulent red cherry, smoke, licorice and blood orange infuse this deeply expressive Pinot Noir from Steve Kistler's Occidental winery. Readers who can find the 2014 should not hesitate. It is every bit as impressive from bottle as it was from barrel. Quite frankly, the Sonoma Coast Pinot is that far off the level of the vineyard designates." –Mar-17
"Medium to deep ruby-purple, the 2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir has a lovely savory/earthy nose of black tea, charcoal and black soil over a core of black cherries and red currants. Medium-bodied, the palate is packed with red berry and earthy flavors, supported by silky, fine-grained tannins, and finishing long and earthy."
Pinot Noir comes from 19 acres of vines planted in 2002 near the town of Occidental and the estate vineyard on Gravenstein highway. Growing condition are slow in this region, and vines are trained close to the ground so they are not huge vines.
The wine is fermented with only native yeast in 3-ton fermenters for 3 weeks. The juice is drained and the pomace discarded (no press wine is made). The wine is then barreled in 228 liter François Frères “Very Tight Grain” (aka Tronçais) heavy toast barrels with toasted heads coopered from wood that has been free-air dried for 3 years (Approximately 40% new, 40% 1-year used, 20% 2-year used). The wine is in barrel approximately 14 months. The wine is not fined nor filtered.