Occidental (Stephen Kistler)

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

9.2124 ratings
9.125 pro ratings
Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
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Scott Stewart

In honor of National Pinot Day. What a fun project from Steve Kistler. One of the best Cali Pinots I’ve had in some time.

In honor of National Pinot Day. What a fun project from Steve Kistler. One of the best Cali Pinots I’ve had in some time.

1 person found it helpfulAug 19th, 2018
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9.3

The Sonoma Coast can be unforgiving. Fog and severe rain coming in from the ocean are commonplace. Despite the adversity, the region can yield sensational Pinot Noirs that should not be missed. The 2014 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is a tremendous appellation level Pinot. Deep, textured and resonant, the 2014 possesses striking depth and elegance not to mention impeccable overall balance. Succulent red cherry, smoke, licorice and blood orange infuse this deeply expressive Pinot Noir from Steve Kistler's Occidental winery. Readers who can find the 2014 should not hesitate. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Mar 2017)

The Sonoma Coast can be unforgiving. Fog and severe rain coming in from the ocean are commonplace. Despite the adversity, the region can yield sensational Pinot Noirs that should not be missed. The 2014 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is a tremendous appellation level Pinot. Deep, textured and resonant, the 2014 possesses striking depth and elegance not to mention impeccable overall balance. Succulent red cherry, smoke, licorice and blood orange infuse this deeply expressive Pinot Noir from Steve Kistler's Occidental winery. Readers who can find the 2014 should not hesitate. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Mar 2017)

1 person found it helpfulOct 12th, 2017
Saul Gropman

Owner/Operator Cafe La Haye

9.2

Lush cherry up front with a bright cranberry finish. Tart and lively on the side palate.

Lush cherry up front with a bright cranberry finish. Tart and lively on the side palate.

Jun 14th, 2017
Kaitlin Ohlinger

This was a show stopper. Tasted over three days, it never slowed down. Really deep, so much spice, so many layers, lush and the right amount of that coastal funk that I really enjoy. The tits.

This was a show stopper. Tasted over three days, it never slowed down. Really deep, so much spice, so many layers, lush and the right amount of that coastal funk that I really enjoy. The tits.

Jun 8th, 2017
Sean Genn

Cranberry and spice. Nice Sonoma Coast Character

Cranberry and spice. Nice Sonoma Coast Character

Oct 25th, 2016
Kevin Ortzman

One of the top three from our Collector's dinner! Baked cherries, spices that explode in your mouth - perhaps, I should have another to confirm 🍷🍷🍷

One of the top three from our Collector's dinner! Baked cherries, spices that explode in your mouth - perhaps, I should have another to confirm 🍷🍷🍷

Oct 8th, 2016
Ryan Sherman

Nice. Ripe but balancing the oak

Nice. Ripe but balancing the oak

Jan 15th, 2016
Kurt-Inge Eklund

Great Pinot that I would like to have in ten years or so

Great Pinot that I would like to have in ten years or so

Jan 2nd, 2016
Kathy Berez

Sales & Marketing Failla Wines

9.2

PN produced by Kistler. Really lovely!!! Concentrated and ripe fruit with good acidity

PN produced by Kistler. Really lovely!!! Concentrated and ripe fruit with good acidity

Mar 19th, 2015
Bryon Sheets

There are better terroir-driven expressions from the Sonoma Coast in this vintage for the price. This is an expensive wine ($100) that has an average taste profile in my view.

There are better terroir-driven expressions from the Sonoma Coast in this vintage for the price. This is an expensive wine ($100) that has an average taste profile in my view.

Feb 27th, 2015