US-OCC-42-16

Pinot Noir, ‘SWK Vineyard’, Occidental [by Steve Kistler]

The SWK Vineyard is our coolest, most marginal vineyard site. Each year it struggles to set a good crop, and typically produces loose clusters with a high percentage of “hens and chicks.” These unusually small clusters have a high skin-to-juice ratio and typically produce one of our most intense and concentrated wines. The SWK Vineyard wine features sweet red berry aromas, and is the most intensely savory and mineral-driven wine we make.

During fermentation, the SWK Vineyard fruit receives our most gentle extraction. Punchdowns are kept to a minimum and are used only to distribute the heat of fermentation, not to extract. Recently we have begun fermenting the SWK fruit with more whole clusters and are pleased with the results. Besides the vivid red fruit aromas they produce, the whole clusters also seem to bring out more of the savory and soil-influenced qualities of this site.

Producer:
Vintage:
2016
Country:
United States
Region:
California
Appellation:
Sonoma Coast
Variety:
Pinot Noir
Color:
Red

Press & Reviews

Vinous Media

Score:
97
Date:
January 2019
Review:
The 2016 Pinot Noir SWK Vineyard emerges from the highest point of Steve Kistler's Bodega Headlands property. Vibrant and exquisitely beautiful, the 2016 is a striking wine that is going to need a number of years to come together. There is a lot here, but the 2016 is painfully closed at this stage. Dark red cherry, plum, blood orange, mint and rose petal all develop in the glass, with bright saline notes that give the wine shape and energy. Today, the SWK is utterly exquisite, but my impression is it will be an even better wine in a few years' time.