Heading towards the coast, this vineyard is bordered on three sides by stands of redwoods. Striking red sandstone soils combine with a strong maritime influence to produce tightly wound, purple wines brimming with cassis, violet and minerals. A wine which combines finesse with power.
"Kistler's daughter gets her name on the 250-case lot of 2002 Pinot Noir Occidental Vineyard Cuvee Elizabeth. This wine is spectacular, and while I don't like to choose between daughters, it gets a slight nod over the Cuvee Catherine because it just seems to have a few more layers of flavor crammed into its medium to full-bodied personality. Wonderfully floral, raspberry, and kirsch notes emerge from this wine, which also shows a touch of toast, some crushed stony, rocky notes, and beautiful texture and vibrant acidity."
The Wine Advocate
"Intense and concentrated, with vivid blackberry, wild berry and raspberry fruit that's focused and complex, ending with ripe tannins."