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Occidental Pinot Noir Cuvée Elizabeth Bodega Headlands Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2012  - First Bottle


98 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
As good as the Cuvée Catherine is, there is another Occidental Pinot that is profound. There are 2,000 cases of the 2012 Pinot Noir Bodega Headlands Cuvée Elizabeth. This wine reminded me of my earlier days in Burgundy tasting the Grand Cru Musigny. Incredible floral notes, sweet raspberries and blueberries as well as wet rocks soar from the glass of this profound, medium to full-bodied, gorgeous Pinot Noir made from 100% Calera clone. Stunning ripeness, great acids, and terrific delineation are all present in this super-intense, fragrant, modern classic from Steve Kistler. It should drink well for at least a decade, possibly a lot longer.

Technical Details

  • Blend100% Calera Clone
  • WinemakerSteve Kistler
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • Sub-RegionNorth Coast
  • AppellationSonoma Coast
  • VineyardBodega Headlands Vineyard
  • Alcohol14.1%

Occidental Pinot Noir Cuvée Elizabeth Bodega Headlands Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2012

Pinot Noir  |  US
WA98, VN97, WS90

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About the Producer

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. Situated just 4 miles from the Ocean in western Sonoma’s Bodega Headlands, Occidental currently has 85 acres of primarily Pinot Noir planted to a proprietary selection from Grand Cru Vosne-Romanée clones on Riparia Gloire and 101?14 rootstocks. The vineyards benefit from an ideal south-facing aspect (not shared by neighboring sites), as well as the Petaluma Gap’s cold, windy climate. In fact, the area rarely sees temperatures over 80 degrees. In short, it is a wonderland for Pinot Noir. Similar to his philosophy at Kistler Vineyards, Steve embraces a “less is more” approach to viticulture and winemaking at Occidental.