With Kistler fame and a Ridge foundation, Occidental is the new contender in Sonoma’s Pinot game. Initial field selections for these Burgundian vineyards come from the untouchable sites of Vosne Romanee, which when combined with cool Pacific breezes creates a perfectly high-toned and mesmerizingly fresh Pinot Noir, par excellence.
The 2018 Pinot Noir Freestone Occidental is a truly remarkable wine. Maybe that is the vintage, or the added complexity the vines are acquiring with time, but the 2018 Freestone Occidental makes me incredibly curious to taste the rest of the 2018s. Bright, focused and beautifully sculpted, the 2018 is a wine of total elegance and finesse. Moreover, it captures the savory, energetic, saline style that is so typical of this part of the Sonoma Coast.