Grape(s): Pinot Noir
Localization: Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California, USA
Tasting Notes: Light and earthy, this wine's secret weapon is its sizzling tease of white pepper that explodes quietly on the palate as it develops. Further spiced in forest and pine, it dances along an elegant focus of integrated power and tannin to reveal elements of cranberry, pomegranate, and wild strawberry.
The Domain: Bohème was founded in 2004 near the town of Occidental, 50 miles north of San Francisco Bay and 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The essential tasks of grape growing, fermentation and aging are conducted by a dedicated team of vineyard and cellar workers. Four distinct soils and climates at elevations 600 to 1,250 feet give singular expression to each wine.
English Hill Vineyard grows on a hilltop in Southern Sonoma Coast American Viticulture Area (AVA). The narrow-spaced vineyard is a mosaic of nine Pinot Noir plots, one Chardonnay and one Syrah. Overlooking Tomales and the Marin Coast Range, weather is turbulent and exposed at this site. On summer mornings, Pacific fog engulfs the vineyard, covering the foliage with vital ocean mist. Afternoon winds dry the canopy and deposit flecks of soil in the folds of the leaves. Late August heat draws moisture from the ground, forming cracks in the sandy-clay loam. Each wine from this vineyard carries a clear mark of its far coast origin.
Stuller Vineyard grows amid redwoods, on a coastal ridge at 1,209 feet elevation, with views to the Pacific, which lies approximately 6 miles to the west. Ocean breeze and the scent of the forest underbrush drift over the two vineyard plots. The hallmark of Stuller Vineyard is a soil diversity, which led to the planting of two separate plots. Two-thirds of the vineyard is a south-facing hillside of Dijon Clone 115; this steep slope of red-hued soil produces wine with rich, deep berry flavors and dark purple coloration. The remaining third of the vineyard is a hilltop of Dijon Clone 667. The soil in this section is well drained, creating a rocky mélange with very little organic matter. The vines are stressed and have extremely low vigor; each produces mere ounces of fruit.
Taylor Ridge Vineyard grows on a wooded bluff, approximately 5 miles from the pacific ocean. Its sandy loam soil derives nutrients from the prehistoric Wilson Grove Sea, a marine embayment that once covered parts of west Sonoma County, and over millennia, rose to 915 feet elevation, where the vineyard sits today. During the growing season, cool fog from Tomales and Bodega Bays engulfs the vineyard—a climate that slows nutrient uptake by the vines and ripens fruit at a measured, unhurried rate. We attribute the vibrant and complex Taylor Ridge wines to this unique terrain.