- Producer: Soliste - read about the Estate
- Vigneron: Claude Koeberle
- Region (AVA): Occidental, Sonoma (Sonoma Coast)
- Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
- Vintage production: 247 cases
- Winery location: Geyserville, Sonoma
- Owners: Claude Koeberle & Don Plumley
- First vintage: 2010
- Drinking window: 2019-2026+
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 wine spent 16 months in French Oak, 22% 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 2014
"Forêt is unfurling in the glass with a complex bouquet in which notes of blackcurrants, cherries, spiced plums and dark chocolate mingle with nuances of redwood pine needles, orange rind, and grilled meats. As the wine opens, profound aromas of dark fruit compote, licorice, spiked with alpine forest fragrance, elevate the wine to an Amaro-like backbone. The front palate is wonderfully thick and dense, with pure concentration of blackberries, cherries, cassis, and violets, all lifted with high herbal and floral tones. The mid-palate possesses an immensely concentrated core that largely conceals the wine’s rich structuring tannins. On the back end, the dark fruit concentration becomes tamed by the longer aging time in our French oak barrels, adding earthy tones, exotic spices and black pepper, all in perfect harmony. Forêt finishes impressively with regal, seamless tannins, intense black cherry and violet lift, and terrific pungent stony minerality lined with pine needles."
Don & Claude, Soliste