2012 Occidental (Kistler) Bodega Headlands Vineyard Cuvée Elizabeth Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, USA
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Description2012 Occidental-Kistler Vineyards Bodega Headlands Vineyard 'Cuvee Elizabeth', Sonoma Coast, USA
ROBERT PARKERAs good as the Cuvée Catherine is, there is another Occidental Pinot that is profound. There are 2,000 cases of the 2012 Pinot Noir Bodega Headlands Cuvée Elizabeth. This wine reminded me of my earlier days in Burgundy tasting the Grand Cru Musigny. Incredible floral notes, sweet raspberries and blueberries as well as wet rocks soar from the glass of this profound, medium to full-bodied, gorgeous Pinot Noir made from 100% Calera clone. Stunning ripeness, great acids, and terrific delineation are all present in this super-intense, fragrant, modern classic from Steve Kistler. It should drink well for at least a decade, possibly a lot longer.
VINOUS (ANTONIO GALLONI)Darker tonalities of red and purplish hued fruits emerge from the 2012 Pinot Noir Bodega Headlands Cuvée Elizabeth. Lavender, violets, cloves, new leather and spices blossom in the glass as this sensual, layered Pinot shows off its compelling personality. As is often the case, the Cuvée Elizabeth is all about texture and resonance. The 2012 is a model of total finesse.
WINE SPECTATORPure, clean, elegant and stylish, with a fleshy texture and a mix of raspberry, cherry and red plum fruit that's delicate and supple.