"The highlight in this range from Occidental, the 2014 Pinot Noir Bodega Headlands Cuvée Elizabeth is brisk, perfumed and aromatic. It is also nowhere near as alluring for the near term as the Sonoma Coast or Occidental Station. Here the expression of fruit is intensely linear, with biting acidity and plenty of tannic underpinning. Blue and purplish-toned fruit, licorice, lavender and violet give the Bodega Headlands its distinct darker shades of expression. The flavors are both vivid and transparent. In my view, the Cuvée Elizabeth is the most complete of these wines. Don't miss it." –Mar-17
"Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Bodega Headlands Cuvee Elizabeth has a compelling black pepper, garrigue and bay leaves laced nose over a core of Bing cherries, fresh raspberries and crushed cranberries, plus a waft of fertile earth. The medium-bodied palate fills the mouth with a wonderful intensity of pure red berry and earth-inspired flavors, with tons of spices and a great frame of grainy tannins, finishing very long and with moreish vibrancy." –Mar-17
The grapes are carefully sorted before and after de-stemming, leaving a high percentage of uncrushed whole berries in each fermenter. Native yeast fermentations begin in 7-8 days and proceed to dryness in less than 3 weeks. To ensure a gentle extraction, peak temperatuers seldom reach 85 degrees F and the number of punch-downs is kept to a minimum. After fermentation, the wine is transferred to French oak barrels (25% new) to age in a cold underground cellar. Native malolactic fermentations usually begin by the end of the year and are complete by late Spring. THe wine remains unracked until November when it is moved directly to bottling tank and bottled unfined and unfiltered with a minimum SO2 level.