Occidental (Stephen Kistler)

SWK Vineyard Pinot Noir

9.232 ratings
9.27 pro ratings
Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, USA
Pinot Noir
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9.8

A wine that was ethereal and alluring from tank, the 2015 Pinot Noir SWK Vineyard has come together beautifully since I last tasted it. Exotic, thrilling aromatics set the stage for a brilliant, utterly impeccable wine long on class and nuance. Racy and plush, with tremendous flavor intensity and tons of supporting minerality, the 2015 simply has it all. This is another magnificent wine from Steve Kistler and Occidental. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, April 2018)

A wine that was ethereal and alluring from tank, the 2015 Pinot Noir SWK Vineyard has come together beautifully since I last tasted it. Exotic, thrilling aromatics set the stage for a brilliant, utterly impeccable wine long on class and nuance. Racy and plush, with tremendous flavor intensity and tons of supporting minerality, the 2015 simply has it all. This is another magnificent wine from Steve Kistler and Occidental. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, April 2018)

Apr 26th, 2018
Darren Dittrich

Truly awesome. We opened this with lamb after a Pinot from Calera. When we first received this a few years ago it was too tight. Now, it is drinking like a Premier Cru, but with more cola and berry than the best vintages of Burgundy. If you can find this, buy it. We are holding off on the 2013's for another year or so. Possibly the best expression of Pinot in the Western hemisphere. Only potential downside is that this is a very rich Pinot, and in no way a lean offering from Burgundy.

Truly awesome. We opened this with lamb after a Pinot from Calera. When we first received this a few years ago it was too tight. Now, it is drinking like a Premier Cru, but with more cola and berry than the best vintages of Burgundy. If you can find this, buy it. We are holding off on the 2013's for another year or so. Possibly the best expression of Pinot in the Western hemisphere. Only potential downside is that this is a very rich Pinot, and in no way a lean offering from Burgundy.

1 person found it helpfulOct 18th, 2016
Jens Lundqvist

Bartender/waiter/sommelier/ PA & Co

9.4

Bright and surprisingly open.

Bright and surprisingly open.

Jun 17th, 2017
Sean Genn

Aromatic with bright notes of raspberry, sour cherry, mineral with some nice weight on the palate.

Aromatic with bright notes of raspberry, sour cherry, mineral with some nice weight on the palate.

Feb 15th, 2017
Charlie Evans

Packed with acidity. Bright fruit. Minerality also comes through. Super cool.

Packed with acidity. Bright fruit. Minerality also comes through. Super cool.

Aug 15th, 2016
Oniqueh Giles

Very floral/perfumy wine. Bright red fruit, high acidity.

Very floral/perfumy wine. Bright red fruit, high acidity.

Apr 14th, 2015
Michael L S

This is very good. Big style but not overly fruit forward or ripe. Though I don’t know about the winemaking it has some of the backbone I associate with whole cluster. Whatever the cause, I like the structure that comes through the midpalate. I hope the post-Kistler wines go in this direction.,

This is very good. Big style but not overly fruit forward or ripe. Though I don’t know about the winemaking it has some of the backbone I associate with whole cluster. Whatever the cause, I like the structure that comes through the midpalate. I hope the post-Kistler wines go in this direction.,

Aug 18th, 2018
Daniel Steilen

Too light bodied for my tastes - light tart red fruits and minerality. A nice wine but bit too much acidity.

Too light bodied for my tastes - light tart red fruits and minerality. A nice wine but bit too much acidity.

Nov 24th, 2018
Marta Jackowska

Rich. Big. Concentrated. Pinot Noir. Love it.

Rich. Big. Concentrated. Pinot Noir. Love it.

Sep 29th, 2018
Ned Gray Creed

BBQ and Pinot Noir matched up quite well last night.

BBQ and Pinot Noir matched up quite well last night.

Aug 27th, 2018