2016 Occidental (Kistler) Occidental Station Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, USA
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Description2016 Occidental-Kistler Vineyards 'Occidental Station Vineyard' Pinot Noir, California, USA
ROBERT PARKERSteve Kistler says this is the warmest and most inland of his sites and that this is usually the first fruit to be picked. Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir Occidental Station Vineyard opens with black tea leaf, saline, black cherry, dried rose petal, rhubarb, warm cranberries and a touch of smoke with black raspberries, warm earth and dried herbs hints. Light to medium-bodied, it packs in the savory fruits with focused intensity, framed by soft, fine-grained tannins and juicy freshness and finishing very long and layered.
VINOUS (ANTONIO GALLONI)The 2016 Pinot Noir Occidental Station is another stand out in this range. High-toned, aromatically expressive and silky, the 2016 is incredibly harmonious. Today, the Occidental Station is the most open-knit and sensual of the wines, which makes it easier to drink on the earlier side. Silky tannins add to the wine's considerable appeal. The inclusion of 25% whole clusters adds nuance throughout.