Occidental is the highly-lauded project of famed winemaker Steve Kistler and his family. Steve is most well-known for his eponymous label, Kistler Vineyards, which has been dedicated to making world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from California’s north coast for over 30 years.

Previously 'Sonoma Coast', this wine now carries the name Freestone-Occidental to more accurately reflect its place of origin. The fruit in this Pinot Noir is a from our Bodega Headlands, Occidental Station, and Bodega Ridge vineyards. All fruit is harvested at night and arrives cool at the winery the next morning where it is carefully sorted twice. Each vineyard block is fermented separately in two to four ton increments in order to capture as much individual site character as possible. Native yeast alcoholic fermentation as well as native malolactic fermentation. The wine goes into bottle after 14 months in barrel un-fined and unfiltered with a minimum level of SO2. 

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