2019 may stand out as one of the more exceptional vintages in recent memory. Cooler temperatures and stable weather for most of the growing season allowed for slow maturation of flavors without any heat events spiking sugar accumulation in the berries. Although 2019 also saw the devastating Kincade fire in Sonoma County, Pinot Noir and most Chardonnays in the county were harvested by then, so the smoke did not affect the grapes. Overall, look for wines with slightly lower alcohol, higher but integrated acids, and a depth of flavor that you would probably have to go back several vintages to find an equal.
This is our newest bottling and there’s a reason for it. Named as an homage to the town where we all grew up, Occidental served as the tenth stop on the North Pacific Coast Railroad. Bright, texture-driven with slight hints of tropical fruit, citrus peel and mineral. Its brightness is rounded by a smooth mouthfeel and delicious weight. Incredibly focused and drinking beautifully, this wine will age and mature elegantly.