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Bohéme Wines is rooted in the town of Occidental in West Sonoma County (the "true" Sonoma Coast). Bohéme leases three vineyards that are located near Taylor Lane and are among the nearest to the Pacific Ocean in all of North America. Unorthodox pruning methods are used to temper shoot growth and berry size.
Kurt Beitler, who grew up in Oregon, directs the farming and winemaking. His grandfather is Charlie Wagner who founded Caymus Vineyards in 1972, and uncle is Chuck Wagner who both encouraged him to work with the family's Caymus Winery in Napa Valley. Beitler's first vineyard management job was the Belle Glos Taylor Lane Vineyard in Occidental where he later found Bohéme.
The Bohéme portfolio includes Pinot Noir (Taylor Ridge Vineyard, Stuller Vineyard), Syrah and Chardonnay. The small-production wines are sold through a mailing list.
The tasting room shares space with the Sonoma Fine Wine shop at 3625 Main St. in Occidental, and is open Friday 3-6, Saturday-Sunday 12-5, or by appointment.
2012 Bohème English Hill Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., 766 cases, $49. This 8.5-acre vineyard is located at the southwestern edge of the Sebastopol Hills overlooking the Russian River Valley and Marin Coast. Yields 2.81 tons per acre. A barrel selection from clones 115, 667, Vosne-Romanee, BRC and Calera harvested and fermented separately. Aged 21 months in neutral French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Lovely aromas of black cherry, raspberry, woodland and cherry leather. The wine’s flavors echo the nose with a perfectly ripened fruit profile. There is a slight smoky note in the background conferred on the wine by oak. The wine offers boundless elegance and a gratifying finish. Score: 91. Reviewed March 12, 2016 ARTICLE »
2012 Bohème Stuller Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., 472 cases, $53. This 6-acre vineyard dates to 1998 and is located amidst the redwoods at 1,200 feet elevation with views of the Pacific Ocean 6.4 miles away. Clone 115 is planted in clay loam and 667 in gravelly hilltop soils. Yield 1.8 tons per acre. Aged 20 months in once to four times used French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The nuanced aromatic profile satisfies, with scents of black cherry, sarsaparilla, pine needle and sandy loam. Pleasingly silky and slightly viscous on the palate which features mid weight dark red and black cherry, black raspberry and cola flavors with an earthy undertone. Opens nicely in the glass over time, displaying commendable harmony and some finishing length marked by uplifting acidity. Score: 92. Reviewed March 12, 2016 ARTICLE »
2012 Bohème Taylor Ridge Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., 305 cases, $55. This vineyard is located on a bluff 4.8 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean at 915 feet elevation. Swan selection is planted in sandy loam Goldridge soils. Yields 2.15 tons per acre. Aged 20 months in once to three times used French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish purple hue in the glass. The highly expressive nose offers a perfume of red cherry, cake spice, rose petal and sandalwood. Plenty of luscious cherry goodness engages the mid palate in a polished, elegantly style wine with refined tannins and integrated acidity. A compliment of baking spices is enmeshed. This is a very classy wine with pinpoint balance and a vivacious charge of cherry hanging on at the finish. Score: 93. Reviewed March 12, 2016 ARTICLE »
2010 Bohème English Hill Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., 221 cases, $49. This vineyard is located on the southwestern edge of the Russian River Valley. Clones are 115, 667, Vosne-Romanee, and Calera selections. Yield .89 tons per acre. Aged 2 years in neutral French oak barrels. · Plenty to like on the nose with uplifting aromas of black cherry, spice and earthy flora. Elegant and suave, with darker stone and berry fruits augmented with cinnamon spice. There is a good cut of acidity and some finishing persistence. Score: 89. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »
2010 Bohème Stuller Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., 285 cases, $49. Vineyard is located at 1,209 feet elevation on a coastal ridge, 6.4 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Clones 115 and 667. Yield .99 tons per acre. Aged 2 years in neutral French oak barrels. From owner-vintner Kurt Beitler. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Cherry is the dominant scent on the nose with added compliments of forest floor and leaf. Earth-kissed cherry flavor with hints of raspberry and dark chocolate. Very mild tannins and easy to drink, but a little delicate for my taste on the attack and finish. Score: 88. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »
2010 Bohème Taylor Ridge Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 189 cases, $55. Vineyard is at 915 feet elevation, 5.3 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Swan selection, yields 1.09 tons per acre. Aged 2 years in neutral French oak barrels. · Light reddish purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of red cherry, Christmas spice and sandalwood. Soft and elegant in the mouth with supple tannins backing the delicious core of red cherry and cranberry fruits. A delicate wine, but flavorful and very enjoyable. The cherrythemed finish is noteworthy. Score: 90. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »
2006 Bohème Stuller Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
15.5% alc., 120 cases, $53. This vineyard is located on a ridge top 6.4 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Aged 17 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Raspberry, blackberry and current aromas with slightly roasted flavors. Not as over ripe as the Taylor Ridge bottling but still a little raisiny. Huge, succulent core of dark fruits with plenty of tannins. Not a wine for sissies. Tried it with dinner and it was too hot (alcoholic) to compliment the fare. This is a sipping wine, not a table wine. Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »
2006 Bohème Taylor Ridge Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., 190 cases, $53. This vineyard is located on a bluff 5.3 miles from the Pacific Ocean at 715 feet above sea level. There is notable fog influence in late summer. This wine is sourced from a 2.7-acre plot planted to the Swan selection. Yields were 1.35 tons per acre. Kurt Beitler is the grower and winemaker. · Fragrant super ripe fruit smelling of raisins, soy and roasted nuts. The fruit was picked at an advanced stage of phenolic ripeness and the plush dark fruit tastes of raisins. Good mix of t n’ a. Well-crafted, but disappoints. Only in California! Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »