Bohème is meaningful for both its geographical reference and perhaps, ethos. The Bohemian Highway runs through our town, Occidental, on the Sonoma Coast. The road’s name stems from the late 1800s when San Francisco’s Bohemian Club followed this route to a nearby grove.  To me it’s natural that a club celebrating bohemian life was drawn to this place of beauty.  130 years ago and still today the Sonoma Coast provokes artistic expression and free living. I grew up in Oregon and came every summer to stay with my grandparents – where my mother grew up – at Caymus in Rutherford.  I’d do all sorts of jobs around the winery and ride the Honda 50 in the vineyard.  Later I was encouraged by my uncle and grandfather to get into the wine business.  In 2000 I finished college and started working for my uncle, managing his vineyard near Occidental.  At that moment I became a 5th generation California vintner.  I was taught a lot by them but, like many vintners, had to figure much of it out on my own. One of humans’ great attributes is adaptability.  It’s fun that we get to test that in ourselves when confronting the randomness that surrounds us.  This helps with making wine because we can’t control every detail.  In the end we need to make delicious wine and have a healthy business to support livelihoods while doing it.
Kurt Beitler
The Wines
English Hill Chardonnay ~Sonoma Coast, Sonoma ~Golden colored and earth driven with medium ripeness, English Hill displays luscious viscosity and complex flavor profile of brilliant stone fruits, citron and toasted hazelnuts. The finish is long, textured, savory, fruity and engaging. (72 cases)
Taylor Ridge Chardonnay ~ Sonoma Coast, Sonoma ~ Straw color, minerals and bright honeysuckle acidity introduce flavors of lavender, exotic lemon, wet rock, citrus rind and fresh stone fruit. The texture is medium viscous and ethereal; the finish is long and graced by modest, light oak toast. (120 cases)
English Hill Pinot Noir ~ Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County ~ Broad in expression and brick-hued with earthen, fermented aromas: mushroom, fennel, cola and alfalfa meet coriander, brown spice, dried cherry and cut grasses on the palate. A fine texture with grippy, enduring tannins. (384 cases)
Taylor Ridge Pinot Noir ~ Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County ~ Our coolest-climate site with deeply nuanced, focused expression: vibrant berry, wassail and sage-spice aromas that meet palate of red fruit, clove, citrus rind, cinnamon and baking spices, yielding to fine, enduring, supple tannins. (192 cases)
Stuller Vineyard Pinot Noir ~ Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County ~ Perhaps the most deeply-colored and mineral-driven of our offerings, Stuller is savory and abounding with notes of earth, botanicals and boysenberries with backdrop of crushed rock, black tea and tilthy forest floor. The color and tannin profile are the most focused of Bohème Pinot Noirs. (264 cases)
Occidental Hills Syrah ~ Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County ~ A cool-climate coastal Syrah, Occidental Hills is deep magenta in color with aroma of cedar, black olive, mineral, cured meat and crushed rock. Flavors include red cherry, cola, boysenberry and peppered, cured charcuterie. Whole cluster fermentation uplifts a multi dimensional and harmonious texture that will become symphonic with cellaring. (265 cases)