2012 Occidental (Kistler) "SWK Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
As good as the Cuvée Catherine is, there is another Occidental Pinot that is also profound. The 2012 Pinot Noir SWK Vineyard also comes from his 65 acres planted in Occidental. This is a 1,000-case cuvée from a site that sits above the Bodega Headlands Vineyard. With a dark ruby color like its siblings, it is made from 100% Calera and sees only about 30% new French oak. This wine offers a copious mouthful of red, blue and black fruits, medium to full body, terrific acidity, and intense black raspberry and black cherry fruit along with spring flowers, forest floor and spice box. This is a stunning, super-complex, compelling Pinot Noir to drink over the next decade or more. (RP)
The 2012 Pinot Noir SWK Vineyard, from a parcel just above Bodega Headlands, is the wine where all of the concepts Kistler is developing at Occidental converge. Vertical, structured and explosive on the palate, the SWK is built on a serious core of minerality. Graphite, smoke, violets and a host of mineral-inflected notes hit the palate in an intense, saline Pinot that is going to need time to fully come together. Today, the SWK is totally crystalline and nuanced, but it is also very, very young and in need of time in bottle. (AG)
A remarkable ethereal nose offering aromas of dark red berries, wild rose, and crushed stone. An intense tightly-wound wine with flavors of black cherry, flowers, and minerals perfectly complemented by soil tones. Decant and enjoy. The SWK Vineyard sits on top of the first ridge from the coast, just above the Bodega Headlands Vineyard. Both coastal sites are among the coldest and latest ripening vineyards in the Bodega-Freestone area. They are unique for their ability to produce rich, compelling Pinot Noirs at low alcohol levels. For instance, the 2012 SWK Vineyard is 13.6% alcohol.