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Running Fence Vineyard Cuvée Catherine

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 wines from this site will provide interesting points of comparison with the wines produced from our neighboring Bodega Headlands Vineyard.

2021 Running Fence Vineyard Cuvée Catherine

Wildly expressive and laced with a briny quality that sets this wine apart each year. Intense aromas of red and black berries lift and give way to a faint tang of kelp. Blood orange citrus electrifies the palate. Its complex flavors are framed by fine-grained tannins and an underlying minerality. Vivid and refined with a precise tart finish.

2021 Catherine label