Since the early 1990s, Steve Kistler has believed that the climate and soils on the uplifted marine terraces and ridges around the town of Bodega would be ideal for growing distinctive and Burgundian-style pinot noir. The Occidental vineyards are planted atop a southern-exposed ridge at elevations of 400-750 feet, with an expansive view of the pastoral lowlands below. In 2011 Occidental became the new Kistler family winery, dedicated to the production of world-class pinot noir from the Freestone-Occidental area. Today, Occidental farms 85 acres of pinot noir vineyards in the Freestone-Occidental area.
The vineyards are farmed with great skill and commitment by many of the same men and women who have worked at Kistler Vineyards. The Occidental wines are produced by the original cellar crew, many of whom have worked there for twenty-five years.
2016 Freestone-Occidental possesses the energy, precision, and purity of flavor that gives all of Occidental wines lift and perfume, along with the deeper soil tones that contribute to their complexity. Remarkably vivid and beautifully layered, this wine shows elegance and great overall balance. It is delicious now and will develop nicely in the bottle.
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