Occidental is Steve Kistler’s new Pinot Noir project wiht a singlular focus – to make world-class Pinot Noir from unique sites on the headlands in the Freestone-Occidental area. The Occidental vineyards define the western edge of where Pinot Noir can be grown successfully on the Sonoma Coast. Planted atop a southern-exposed ridge at elevations of 400-750 feet, these sites look west over pastoral lowlands below to the Pacific Ocean, just 5 miles away. The Freestone-Occidental Pinot Noir includes a blend of fruit from Bodega Headlands, Occidental Station, and Bodega Ridge vineyards. It also shares the same winemaking techniques as the vineyard-designated pinot noirs. All pinot noirs are fermented with native yeasts and native malolactic bacteria. The wine expresses the same energy, precision, and purity of flavor that gives all of Occidentals wines lift and perfume, along with the deeper soil tones that contribute to its complexity. Made entirely from free-run juice, it is delicious now and will develop nicely in bottle. 2018 vintage – Captivating aromas of high-toned raspberry and red currant, rose petal, and spice. Possesses the energy, precision, and purity of flavor that gives all the Occidental wines lift and perfume, along with the deeper soil tones that contribute to complexity. Remarkably vivid and beautifully layered, this wine shows elegance and great overall balance.