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Winemaker Thomas Bougetz has a background in science and technology, but his interest in wine led him back to school to study winemaking at the Northwest Wine Academy in Seattle.
The emphasis is on Cabernet Sauvignon from various regions in the Napa Valley, but Bougetz works with vineyards stretching from Santa Barbara to Eastern Washington. A PInot Noir is offered from the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley.
2014 Bougetz Cellars The Cairn Catie’s Corner Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., pH 3.75, TA 0.58, 135 cases, $39. Harvest Brix 25.9º. Wädenswil 1A and 2A clones. 20-year-old vines. 15% whole cluster fermented. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 40% new and 60% once-used. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. This wine benefited greatly from air exposure, showing considerably better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Initially the nose offered primary oak scents but more fruit emerged the next day. The mid weight core of black cherry fruit, cola and spice flavors were juicy and appealing as was the soft texture, but the oak intrusion over rode the bright fruit expression. The following day the oak overlay had lessened and the fruit had come forward with noticeable improvement. I am not sure where this wine will go, but it seems to definitely need more time in bottle to shed the barrel adjunct. Score: 88-89. Reviewed June 5, 2015 ARTICLE »
2013 Bougetz Cellars The Cairn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., pH 3.65, TA 0.57, 200 cases, $39. Sourced from Volamus Vineyard. Clones 115, 667 and Pommard. Harvest Brix 26.0º. 15% whole cluster fermented. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 40% new and 60% once-used. · Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass. An array of scents greet the drinker including black cherry, blackberry, underbrush, earthy flora and sawdust. A mid weight plus styled wine that is packed with earth-kissed, sweet black fruits accented with flavors of anise, tar and char. Open and giving, with balanced tannins and a sweet blackberry finish. The wine was more enjoyable the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle showing less oak overlay. Score: 88. Reviewed June 5, 2015 ARTICLE »
2009 Bougetz Cellars Brousseau Vineyard Chalone Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., $39. Crafted under thedirection of Tom Bougetz. · First bottle corked. Second bottle reviewed. Moderately deep reddish-purple robe in the glass. Appealing aromas of well-spiced black berries. Generous core of perfectly ripe, sweet, and earth-kissed black cherries and black raspberries lingering on the fruit-driven, slightly hot, finish. Good. Reviewed July 23, 2011 ARTICLE »