Taylor Ridge Vineyard grows atop a bluff 4.8 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The origin of its caramel-colored sandy loam soil is traced to the Wilson Grove Sea, a prehistoric marine embayment that once covered parts of west Sonoma County, California. During the growing season, cool fog from Tomales and Bodega Bays engulfs the vineyard—a climate that slows nutrient uptake by the vines and ripens fruit at a measured, unhurried rate. We attribute the vibrant and complex Taylor Ridge wines to this unique terroir.
Stuller Vineyard grows amid redwoods and hawks, and peers over the Pacific Ocean, 5.8 miles west. The hallmark of Stuller Vineyard is its soil diversity, which determined its planting in two separate plots: Two-thirds of the vineyard isa south-facing hillside of Dijon Clone 115. This steep slope of red-hued soil produces wine with rich, deep berry flavor and dark purple coloration. The balance of the planting is a hilltop of Dijon Clone 667. Soil in this section is well drained—a rocky mélange with very little organic matter. The vines are stressed and have extremely low vigor; each produces mere ounces of fruit.
English Hill Vineyard grows on a hilltop in Southern Sonoma Coast AVA. The narrow-spaced vineyard is a mosaic of nine Pinot noir plots, one Chardonnay and one Syrah. Overlooking Tomales and the Marin Coast Range, weather is turbulent and exposed at this site. On summer mornings Pacific fog engulfs the vineyard, covering the foliage with vital ocean mist. Afternoon winds dry the canopy and deposit flecks of soil in folds of the leaves. Late August heat draws moisture from the ground, forming cracks in the sandy-clay loam. Each wine from this vineyard carries a clear mark of its far coast origin.
Que Syrah Vineyard was foundational to the Bohème project. It was the inaugural bottling in 2004 and became a debut bottling for our sister label, Bodega Rancho, in 2007. Planted at the edge of Sonoma Coast AVA, it is likely the coolest Syrah planting in California. Perched on the coastal range 4.3 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the vineyard is framed by Bay Laurels and a view to offshore waves. Summer days start cool and foggy and then yield to blue skies and warm afternoons. Ripening Syrah grapes at this site requires creative and devoted farming. We prune the vines early to get a head start on the growing season and trim shoots and leaves multiple times to increase sunlight exposure on the fruit. In the late season, imperfect berries are removed by hand to achieve the most uniform crop.