Occidental Freestone-Occidental Pinot Noir 2021
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Occidental Freestone-Occidental Pinot Noir 2021, crafted by the esteemed winemaker Steve Kistler, is a true gem that showcases the essence of the Occidental pinot noir. Sourced from three renowned vineyards in Sonoma Coast AVA, namely Bodega Headlands, Occidental Station, and Bodega Ridge, this wine captures the unique terroir of each site.
In the glass, the wine exhibits a captivating, crystalline ruby color that sparkles with brilliance. The aromas unfold gradually, enticing the senses with a bouquet of blueberry, rhubarb, and cranberry. Delicate notes of bitter orange, amaro, mossy bark, and lavender add complexity and intrigue, revealing new accents with each return to the glass.
On the palate, the 2021 Freestone-Occidental Pinot Noir mesmerizes with its mouthwatering character and a touch of salinity. Juicy red berries take center stage, exuding vibrant flavors that dance with finesse and energy. The wine achieves a remarkable balance between bright, primary red fruits and saline elements. Impeccable precision and lift are evident, creating a harmonious experience on the palate. The wine finishes with vibrancy and remarkable length, adorned with beautifully sculpted tannins that leave a lasting impression.
With a modest alcohol content of 13.3%, this Pinot Noir is a versatile companion for any meal. Its vibrant flavors and refreshing acidity make it an excellent choice to enjoy now, while its potential for development in the bottle promises even greater savory complexity over the next decade.
Receiving an outstanding score of 98 points from Wine Advocate by Robert Parker, the 2021 Freestone-Occidental Pinot Noir is celebrated for its expressive and detailed nature. The fragrant fruit floods the palate, accompanied by chalky tannins and focused, shimmery acidity that entices you to take another sip. The wine culminates in a haunting finish loaded with layers of spice, making it difficult to resist its allure. Whether savored now for its transparency and perfume or allowed to evolve in the bottle, this wine is a testament to the winemaker’s artistry and the extraordinary vineyards of Freestone-Occidental.