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The 2018 Freestone-Occidental offers a superb balance of bright, primary red fruits and saline elements. It conveys outstanding energy, precision, and lift in the mouth and finishes vibrant and long with beautifully sculpted tannins. Its modest alcohol makes this wine a perfect complement to any meal. It is delicious now and will develop nicely in bottle.
The 2018 Pinot Noir Freestone-Occidental comes mostly from younger vines at the Occidental property but is made with the same attention to detail as the other wines in the portfolio, using free-run juice. Its nose is an aromatic well, offering crushed blueberries, charcuterie, Earl Grey tea leaves, graphite, saline, bitter orange peel and potpourri aromas. In the mouth, it explodes with lush fruits that give way after their initial rush to bitter, citrusy, minerally accents. It has a fine grain, seamless freshness and long, layered finish. It’s enjoyable now but will age well over the next five to eight-plus years.