"The 2014 Pinot Noir Occidental Station Cuvée Catherine is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. A wine of depth, texture and pure pedigree, the 2014 will leave readers weak at the knees. It is every bit that striking. Succulent red cherry, blood orange, pomegranate, mint, spice and dried flowers are some of the notes that give the 2014 its exotic, haunting personality. Dramatic in its fruit intensity and yet also marvelously translucent, the 2014 simply has it all. Time in the glass just brings out more and more of the wine's deep, inherent character." –Mar-17
"Tank samples of the 2014 Pinot Noirs showed gorgeous fruit levels and slightly more body and density than the 2013s, with the 2014 Pinot Noir Occidental Station Cuvee Catherine showing loads of strawberry and kirsch."
Occidental Wines, 2014 Occidental 'Cuvée Catherine' Pinot Noir Station Vineyard
Named after daughter Catherine, all fruit from the Station vineyard is harvested at night to keep the grapes at a low temperature to maintain acidity, and a high percentage of uncrushed whole berries are left in each fermenter. The wine undergoes a native fermentation with minimal pigeage to ensure a gentle extraction, and is then transferred to French oak barrels (25% new) to age in a cold underground cellar. The wine remains unracked until it is bottled, unfined and unfiltered, with a minimum level of SO2.