Steve Kistler does not sit still – after selling his interest in his name sake winery (Kistler) he put all his energy in his new Occidental venture and it really shows. Last week I tasted through the portfolio and was very impressed!
The Wine: The Freestone-Occidental (blend of Bodega Headlands, Occidental Station, and Bodega Ridge vineyards) shares the same winemaking techniques as their other vineyard designated pinot noirs. The 2017 Freestone-Occidental is a vibrant, perfumed wine with a chiseled red-fruit character that is typical of the wines from our Bodega Headlands and Bodega Ridge properties. The Freestone-Occidental offers a superb balance of primary red fruits and saline elements. It conveys outstanding energy, precision and lift in the mouth and finishes vibrant and long with discreet tannins. Its modest alcohol (14.1%) makes this wine a perfect complement to any meal. It is delicious now and will develop nicely in bottle.