- Producer: Soliste - read about the Estate
- Vigneron: Claude Koeberle
- Region (AVA): Occidental, Sonoma (Sonoma Coast)
- Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
- Vintage production: 241 cases
- Winery location: Geyserville, Sonoma
- Owners: Claude Koeberle & Donal Plumley
- First vintage: 2010
- Drinking window: 2018-2025+
About The Wine:
Forêt comes from a secluded vineyard located in the Sonoma Coast appellation near Occidental. The site has a northeastern exposure, a very steep slope and is in the middle of a spectacular redwood forest. Just 6 miles from the Pacific Ocean on the western coastal range, this cool vineyard is meticulously tended and sustainably farmed.
The 2012 growing season climatic conditions for Pinot Noir were ideal in every sense of the word. Despite such a stellar vintage we managed the yield aggressively and harvested the vineyard on multiple days and passes. This commitment gives time for the stems of each cluster to develop nutty and toasted aromatics. The team harvested at first light and field sorted. 30% were reserved for whole cluster fermentation, the balance was gently destemmed. Following a brief cold soak, smooth fermentation of small lots with ritual manual punch downs was complete before barreling and aging. The wine spent 16 months in French Oak, 30% new.
Beginning with the 2009 vintage Don and Claude made the decision to return to the roots of Burgundy and the craftsmanship of the Cistercian monks of Vougeot to focus on single clones from single vineyards and matured in single cooperage. The limited production MonoClone Pinot Noirs reflect their commitment to harness the purity and complexity of one clone from one vineyard. The Mariafeld 23 clone is used for the Fôret Pinot Noir.
Soliste Forêt Pinot Noir 2012
"Clone 23 (Mariafeld) from Guidicci Vineyard. 50% whole cluster. Aged 16 months in French oak, 0% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Engaging, exotic, even intoxicating fragrance of black cherry, spiced plum, rose petal, and forest floor. The nose defies adequate description. Both weight and weightlessness, with soft tannins and impeccable balance, featuring flavors of Bing cherry pie, baking spices, cardamom, and earthy herbs. The finish offers racy energy and fruit flavors that return in waves. The whole cluster inclusion heightens the texture. This wine is Pinot Noir heaven. Even better than when originally reviewed six months ago."
95 points, William Gaffney (Prince of Pinot, Aug. 2016)
"The richest nose of the three Pinots, real depth and purity with notes of charred red meat and dark berries opening up to wild strawberry and blueberry. Harmonous. Extremely energetic and uplifted on the palate, but probably to most backward in that it's very youthful, with cruchy, fine tannins that indicate good cellaring potential. Seriously layered now, huge potential."
Four Corners Wine (Jan. 2018)