Overview of the Wine
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.
"We at Bohème devote our lives to winegrowing on California’s Sonoma Coast.
Our namesake Bohemian Highway meanders Sonoma’s Coast Range of redwoods, valleys and farms. Crafting wine from this place is a formidable, yet deeply fulfilling, endeavor. The frontiers are numerous: vine nutrition, pruning technique, trellising, soil biology, cover crops, grape chemistry, fermentation, cooperage, èlevage and others. A complete grasp of but one can take a lifetime. We take great efforts to expand our knowledge and bottle a most captivating wine, yet Mother Nature is the true maker of wine—and stands within each of a vintner’s moves. Indeed it’s nature’s unknown that gives magic to great wine."
The components of this reserve coastal cuveé include six Pinot Noir selections grown on three distinct soils. Averaging 34% stem inclusion, the fermentation lots underwent hand punch-down treatment, then aged 22 months in 17% new French Oak cooperage.
Grape / Blend
Sonoma Coast, California
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Moderate garnet color in the glass. Somewhat reserved but pleasant nose with aromas of purple berry compote, allspice, and bark. Mid-weight plus in concentration, featuring bold waves of purple and black berry fruit augmented with a touch of spice and earthiness. A bit rustic, showing the effects of whole cluster, with the faintest oak in the background, slightly more noticeable but not imposing tannin.
94 Points - Ian Blackburn
I have tasted these wines for the past few years and continue to see quality come jumping out of the glass - Bohème is a brand you need to know if your into Pinot (and Chardonnay). This grower producer is "hands on" - I love what this wine achieved and frankly many of the other wines were already sold out... so don't wait to jump on a bottle or two of this offering. This blend of sites really shows off the qualities of place and high grade fruit. A kiss of stem inclusion ads dimension and detail. Great balance is acheived in the final blend that makes a pinot that is fun now and will continue to reward patience for the next decade. Spot on chewy cherry skins, tension from the stem inclusion that is revealing typical tea, herb, and floral. Soft marks of brown spices, umami, and good balance overall - really enjoyable and notable effort. Color is 14/15 (very pretty), Aroma 24/25 (wonderful), body 23/25, Overall 33/35 (impressive).
94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
Another fabulous Pinot, the 2017 Pinot Noir Occidental Hills comes from a mix of the Taylor Ridge, English Hill, and Stuller vineyards and saw 30% stems and 22 months in 30% new French oak. Complex notes of blackberries, cherries, brambly herbs, and blood orange as well as a hint of earth give way to a medium-bodied, beautifully balanced Pinot Noir that has light tannins and the class to evolve for 8-10 years.
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Dense tannins gird a robust core of toasted oak and black tea in this coastal wine. Sturdy elements of forest floor and clove complement wild strawberry and raspberry flavors and reach a cohesive whole.
Product size: 750ml