Occidental, Station Vineyard Cuvee Catherine, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, 2016
| ABV 13.4%
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The first Occidental vineyard to be picked, Occidental Station has been the source of the Cuvée Catherine bottling for nearly fifteen years. In recent years the best blocks have been fermented separately, often taking over three weeks to do so. The extended time in the fermenter only enhances its expressive personality, which features a vibrant purple colour, 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. Deeply-pitched aromas of purple fruits, graphite and cassis. A stony minerality energizes and elevates the palate, which features an impressive array of red and black fruit flavors. Delivers great intensity and concentration without giving any impression of weight. Finishes vibrant and long with a delicate violet and blackcurrant perfume.