Occidental Station Cuvée Catherine Pinot Noir 2012


SKU 111726


Each year at harvest, Occidental Station is our first vineyard to be picked. Since the fruit always goes into our fermenters first, it does not enjoy the benefit of large populations of yeast already circulating in the winery. Therefore, it is often the slowest to start and may take over three weeks to complete alcoholic fermentation. The extended time in the fermenter only enhances its expressive personality, which features a vibrant purple color, bright natural acidity, and notes of violet, graphite, and cassis. The Occidental Station pinot noir is distinctly purple in its fruit character, in comparison to the red-fruited Bodega Headlands and SWK wines.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Sonoma County
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Brand Occidental
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorBeautifully crafted, dense and structured, with tight acidity and firm focus, this gushes with zesty wild raspberry, blackberry and savory underbrush notes that unfold to reveal layers of flavor and dimension. Drink now through 2023. 1,035 cases made.

James Laube, August 2016
  • wa93

Wine Advocate2012 is the second vintage for Steve Kistler's personal project. The 2012 Pinot Noir Occidental Station Cuvée Catherine represents 1,000 cases, aged in about 30% new oak. Beautiful strawberry, red cherry and blueberry notes jump from the glass of this dark ruby wine. Attractive aromatics are followed by a medium-bodied, luscious wine with elegance, minerality, and plenty of blue and red fruits, good acidity and a long, long finish. This beauty can be drunk over the next 5-10 years.

Robert Parker, January 2015