Bucher first planted their vineyard in 1997 and have been passionate about growing Pinot Noir ever since. Initially they were selling their fruit to exceptional local wineries including Williams Selyem, Siduri Wines, Papapietro Perry, Arista, C. Donatiello, and more. This same passion led them to producing their own wines starting with the 2011 vintage. With the help of winemaker Adam Lee of Siduri Wines, they released their first wines in the spring of 2013.
This bottling comes from 4 blocks on their Bucher Vineyard in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Spice-driven aromas reveal tart red fruit, black tea, and an inviting mineral essence. The rich, full entry showcases the power and focus of this Pinot Noir. On the palate, persistent ripe dark cherry and red plum merge with traces of dried roses, brown sugar, and allspice. Fine-grained tannins and oak notes edge the wine, contributing to its delicious depth and complexity.
Fast Facts: Aged 10 months in French oak Cooperage: 25% in new François Frères French oak; 75% 1-5 year-old oak barrels, 163 cases made
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Pairs well with
Pinot Noir does whatever it wants. It’s one of the more difficult grapes to grow due to its thin skins and susceptibility to disease, but that’s never stopped winemakers across the world. If coming from a cooler climate, like its home land of Burgundy, the acid is racing and balanced, typically, with oak aging. On the contrary, in warmer climates, bright red fruit is the name of the game. All are solid options and we’re continually impressed by new expressions of this world-famous red grape.