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#1 Post by TomHill » December 26th, 2018, 11:48 am

Tasted these w/ Kurt Beitler at his tasting room in Occidental on 12/7/18:
1. TaylorRidge Chard (13.7%) 2015: Med.dark gold color; rather pencilly/oak strong melony/nutmeg/spicy
quite aromatic nose; quite tart/tangy strong pencilly/oak ripe/melony/Chard/very spicy bit lemony
flavor; very long/lingering strong melony/Chard/nutmeg/spicy some pencilly/oak balanced/fairly rich
finish; a bit more restrained than the EnglishHill but a lovely balanced Chard. $45
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2. EnglishHill Chard (13.7%) 2015: Med.light gold color; less pencilly/oak strong melony/Chard/lemony/
less ripe more spicy rather perfumed nose; bit tarter/leaner strong melony/Chard/lemony/very spicy
very light pencilly/oak balanced flavor; very long/lingering light pencilly/oak strong melony/lemony/
Chard/very spicy somewhat tarter beautiful complex finish; a beautiful balanced Chard w/ lots of
spiciness; very slight preference over the TaylorRidge. $45
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3. TaylorRidge PinotNoir (100% Swan clone; 20% w-c frmt; 13.7%; 0.65 ton/acre; slight new oak) 2015:
Fairly dark color; some toasty/oak very strong black cherry/black cherry cola/PN quite perfumed/aromatic
nose; rather tart/tangy very strong black cherry/black cherry cola/some spicy/peppery light toasty/oak
bit earthy flavor w/ modest gentle tannins; very long/lingering very strong black cherry/black cherry cola
some toasty/oak finish w/ modest smooth tannins. $55
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4. EnglishHill PinotNoir (13.7%; 25% w-c frmt) 2015: Med.dark color; strong toasty/oak bit more earthy strong
black cherry/black cherry/cola light earthy/peppery/spicy flavor w/ modest gentle tannins; very long/lingering
bit more earthy finish; bit more earthy/Burgundian character and more structured but a bit less aromatic. $49
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5. Stuller Pinot (13.5%; 33% w-c frmt) 2015: Rather dark color; very strong black cherry cola/black cherry/PN
more intense PN fruit bit more aromatic light earthy/Burgundian nose; fairly tart/tangy very strong black
cherry cola/PN/black cherry some toasty/smokey/oak bit earthy/Burgundian flavor; very long/lingering very
strong black cherry cola/PN slight earthy/Burgundian finish w/ modest smooth tannins; much more PN fruit &
more aromatic than previous Stullers; maybe the best Stuller yet. $53
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6. OccidentalHills Syrah (100% EnglishHill; 3 brls; 50% w-c frmt; no new oak; 14.3%) 2015: Very dark color;
beautiful Syrah/blackberry/blueberry/very spicy some c-c Syrah/black pepper light toasty/oak very perfumed
some complex nose; lightly tart very strong blackberry/Syrah/blueberry/very spicy light c-c Syrah/black
pepper rich/structured very light pencilly/oak complex flavor w/ modest ripe tannins; very long/lingering
strong blackberry/Syrah/very spicy light c-c Syrah/black pepper light pencilly/oak complex finish w/ modest
ripe tannins; a beautiful very spicy Syrah that hints at its c-c origins. $45
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7. ManciniRanch Zin (14.9%) 2013: Very dark color; very strong blackberry/Zin/very spicy some RRV/boysenberry
light pencilly/toasty/oak light dusty/OV complex nose; lightly tart very strong blackberry/boysenberry/Zin/
very spicy light toasty/oak slight earthy/dusty/OV structured flavor w/ modest gentle tannins; very long/
lingering very spicy/blackberry/Zin/boysenberry light toasty/oak some complex finish w/ modest tannins;
reminds more of the old Swan Zins (post '77) than the Carlisles; lovely very spicy Zin. $45
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A wee BloodyPulpit:
1. I've always been a fan of the Boheme wines from back in their RanchoBodega days when they were making Syrah
from AlRago's QueSyrah vnyd way out at the end of TaylorRidgeRd. KurtBeitler makes his Pinots & Chards in
more of a restrained/elegant/graceful style that I would compare more to Dehlinger or Radio-Coteau than
anything. These '15 would normally have been released back in the last Spring, but the release was held
off until this Fall. I normally tasted thru them about the Spring release.
I was particularly struck by the quality, across the board, of these 2015 wines. Perhaps because of
the smaller yields in 2015, they seemed to show more depth & concentration than previous Bohemes on release.
Perhaps the additional 9 months in btl contributed to that impression. At any rate, I was quite impressed by
this release. The differences betwixt the two Chards and the three Pinots are relatively subtle, but they are
distinct when tasted together. Of the Chards, I slightly preferred the EnglishHill. Of the Pinots, it was
a tossup between the EnglishHill and the Stuller. But you can't go wrong with any of these.
Tom

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#2 Post by Scott Brunson » December 26th, 2018, 2:00 pm

Thanks Tom
We visited Kurt this past summer and were really impressed with the wines. I need to order some!
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#3 Post by Kurt B e i t l e r » January 3rd, 2019, 1:05 pm

Tom,

Thanks for the the thoughtful notes-
For the record, I NEVER find your writing "long/ boring!" Ridiculous. Of course flattered you enjoyed this vintage so much.

Scott- Was a joy hosting you in Occidental. I hope to see you guys soon again in 2019.

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#4 Post by Viet Ly » January 4th, 2019, 1:45 pm

Thanks for the notes Tom. For the 2014 line-up my favorite was the Stuller PN. Had my first Dehlinger (2010 Altamont) last week and can see that reference. I had a glass of Dumol PN a few days ago which reminded me of Boheme PN as well.

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#5 Post by Bryan Price » September 11th, 2019, 8:32 pm

Drinking the 2015 English Hill Pinot and loving it. Does Boheme have a tasting room in Sonoma county? I think I picked up a sixer during the berserker sale....but then again I've bought a lot of wine this year and my memory is foggy.
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#6 Post by TomHill » September 11th, 2019, 9:15 pm

Bryan Price wrote:
September 11th, 2019, 8:32 pm
Drinking the 2015 English Hill Pinot and loving it. Does Boheme have a tasting room in Sonoma county? I think I picked up a sixer during the berserker sale....but then again I've bought a lot of wine this year and my memory is foggy.
Yup, Bryan...Kurt has a tasting room there in Occidental. Not much in Occidental, so easy to find.
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#7 Post by Kurt B e i t l e r » September 12th, 2019, 4:51 pm

Bryan Price wrote:
September 11th, 2019, 8:32 pm
Drinking the 2015 English Hill Pinot and loving it. Does Boheme have a tasting room in Sonoma county? I think I picked up a sixer during the berserker sale....but then again I've bought a lot of wine this year and my memory is foggy.
Bryan, Thanks for your compliments. The '15 (and '16/ current release) EH have shown very well lately.

Tom is right- our tasting room is in downtown Occidental (3625 Main St) - it's the only TR in town. Drop a line if you're coming; I'd be delighted to host and try to sneak in a vineyard tour if harvest permits!

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#8 Post by Bryan Price » September 12th, 2019, 8:44 pm

Kurt B e i t l e r wrote:
September 12th, 2019, 4:51 pm
Bryan Price wrote:
September 11th, 2019, 8:32 pm
Drinking the 2015 English Hill Pinot and loving it. Does Boheme have a tasting room in Sonoma county? I think I picked up a sixer during the berserker sale....but then again I've bought a lot of wine this year and my memory is foggy.
Bryan, Thanks for your compliments. The '15 (and '16/ current release) EH have shown very well lately.

Tom is right- our tasting room is in downtown Occidental (3625 Main St) - it's the only TR in town. Drop a line if you're coming; I'd be delighted to host and try to sneak in a vineyard tour if harvest permits!

[cheers.gif] Kurt

Thank you for the offer! We were around that area back in February, and may had back again in the fall this year or spring next year. I'll hit you up in advance, would love to meet up.
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#9 Post by JonathanG » September 13th, 2019, 8:49 pm

Was just in Occidental 3 weeks ago on a Tuesday, and the tasting room was closed. Then the guys at Furthermore told me how good the Boheme Pinots were which added to my agony, and now this. I need to go back up to Sonoma and pay these guys a visit!
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#10 Post by TomHill » September 13th, 2019, 8:57 pm

JonathanG wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 8:49 pm
Was just in Occidental 3 weeks ago on a Tuesday, and the tasting room was closed. Then the guys at Furthermore told me how good the Boheme Pinots were which added to my agony, and now this. I need to go back up to Sonoma and pay these guys a visit!
Yeah, Jonathan...Kurt’s pretty much a one man operation and TR hours can be spotty.
Had dinner with Kurt & Katie a week ago at Canetti’s in Forestville. Terrific Italian Restaurant. Worth a visit.
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#11 Post by Scott Brunson » September 14th, 2019, 3:22 am

We drank '15 Taylor PN last night--delicious!
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#12 Post by Kurt B e i t l e r » September 18th, 2019, 7:21 am

JonathanG wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 8:49 pm
Was just in Occidental 3 weeks ago on a Tuesday, and the tasting room was closed. Then the guys at Furthermore told me how good the Boheme Pinots were which added to my agony, and now this. I need to go back up to Sonoma and pay these guys a visit!
Jonathan, sorry we missed you! Regular open days are Thurs - Sun, or by appointment. Definitely give a call next time. I look forward to meeting up and sharing our latest with you. [cheers.gif]
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#13 Post by Kurt B e i t l e r » September 18th, 2019, 7:34 am

Scott Brunson wrote:
September 14th, 2019, 3:22 am
We drank '15 Taylor PN last night--delicious!
Scott, glad you’re enjoying your Taylor Ridge PN! The vineyard is 100% Swan selection and dry farmed; built to go the distance. We should be picking TRV ~1st of Oct this year. Some really wonderful late ripening conditions are upon us, with medium yields too — extremely optimistic about the vintage. 🍀

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#14 Post by Dave McIsaac » September 18th, 2019, 11:17 am

I had the 2014 Stuller PN last week, and it was really good.

I have drunk 3 bottles of the 2013 Old Mancini Ranch zin, and have raved over each one - so herbal and spicy!!

I have the 2010 Stuller PN mag earmarked for the family Thanksgiving dinner - a little over 2 months away!!

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