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Pinot Noir 'Running Fence Vyd - Cuvee Catherine', Occidental [by Steve Kistler]

Pinot Noir 'Running Fence Vyd - Cuvee Catherine', Occidental [by Steve Kistler]

In 2008, Occidental purchased our 250-acre Bodega Ridge property, which lies on the same ridge as Bodega Headlands and clearly overlooks the Pacific. In 2012, Occidental began planting 65 additional acres of pinot noir on this property. Bodega Ridge comprises approximately thirty discrete vineyard blocks based primarily on the water-holding capacity of the soil. The rootstock we chose that best suits our soils and growing conditions was Riparia Gloire. Although seldom used in California, it was selected because it is the most devigorating rootstock available, has the shortest vegetative cycle, and promotes the earliest ripening of its fruit – a critical factor in farming vineyards in marginal coastal sites.

Occidental began developing Bodega Ridge over ten years ago, and it is very rewarding to watch this remarkable vineyard begin to reach its full potential. This wine is the first in a series of three exceptional vintages (2016 through 2018) from this site and will provide an interesting point of comparison with the wines produced from our neighboring Bodega Headlands Vineyard.

Producer:
Vintage:
2018
Country:
United States
Region:
California
Appellation:
Freestone-Occidental
Variety:
Pinot Noir
Color:
Red

Press & Reviews

Wine Advocate

Score:
100

Vinous Media

Score:
98
Date:
2021-01-01
Review:
The 2018 Pinot Noir Running Fence Vineyard Cuvée Catherine is endowed with serious depth and intensity that give it a real feeling of vertical depth. The fruit profile leans towards the more blue/purplish realm, but it is the wine's understated richness that is impossible to miss. Bright saline notes underpin it all, leading to a beautifully sculpted finish that resonates with tremendous mineral intensity. In a word: dazzling. The Cuvée Catherine emerges from vines that surround the tasting room.