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Owner(s) Kurt Beitler
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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 Caynus 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.

Reviewed Wines

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 »