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2014 Occidental - Pinot Noir SWK Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 94 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 17 JR
  • 95 JS
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 441238-2014
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Exhibits a mix of savory, juicy berry, road tar, herb and cedar flavors, firming midpalate and drifting toward smoky, oaky flavors in the end, delivering depth and dimension. Drink now through 2022. 1,042 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2014 Pinot Noir SWK Vineyard appears to playing it close to the chest at this early stage, offering subtle suggestions of red cherries, raspberry leaves, Provence herbs and fragrant earth with a hint of Sichuan pepper. Medium-bodied, elegant, fine and tightly-knit on the palate, it has a wonderfully lively backbone and persistent earth and herb layers on the finish. Not giving quite as much as the other two vineyard-designate wines, I've been cautious with my scoring and look forward to seeing what this wine can do over the next decade.
    Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Pale cherry red. Light nose and notably sweet palate entry with some cough medicine notes and grainy tannins on the end. Masses of energy but still pretty youthful. Quite dry fruit character. Needs time.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 95

    So much oyster shell and blue berry aromas. Plus mushroom. Full body, spicy and minerally. Lots of white pepper undertones and intensity. Electric. Long and lively. Beautiful fruit. Why wait? Drink now.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Vinous | Rating: 96

    The 2014 Pinot Noir SWK Vineyard is the most reticent of these Pinots, as it was last year. Intense fruit and structure come together, but the wine is not at all ready to give everything it has. Dark red and purplish fruit overtones are lifted by the wine's bright acidity and tannic underpinnings. This nervous, taut Pinot needs a few years to settle down, but it has tremendous promise.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
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  • California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 276 bottles owned
    • 66 collectors