94pts Jeb Dunnuck
Possessing a great nose of black raspberries, kirsch, violet, and forest floor, the 2016 Pinot Noir Freestone-Occidental is bright and juicy, with elegance and beautiful purity of fruit. Showing fine tannins, a lovely floral quality, integrated acidity, and a great finish, this is pure class.
Made with 100% destemmed grapes, this Pinot Noir is pale coloured with aromas of raspberry, cherry and cranberry with a slight herbal hint of dried mint. Silky tannins and bright acidity give a delicate, ethereal polish. Occidental is the Pinot-only project from Steve Kistler, purchased in 1999 and comprising of 11ha.
The 2016 Freestone-Occidental posses the energy, precision, and purity of flavor that gives all of Occidental wines lift and perfume, along with the deeper soil tones that contribute to their complexity. Remarkably vivid and beautifully layered, this wine shows elegance and great overall balance. It is delicious now and will develop nicely in bottle.