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WTN: New Boheme Release...(long/boring)

by TomHill » Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:47 pm

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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