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Single-Vineyard Pinot Noir from Bucher Vineyard

Made in the Heart of the Russian River Valley

Bucher Vineyard

The steeply sloped Bucher Vineyard in Russian River Valley grows two heritage clones we selected to produce this enchanting single-vineyard Pinot Noir. Located off of Westside Road in the Middle Reach area of Russian River Valley, Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir is planted upon well-drained Arbuckle gravely loam soil using clones 777, 115, 37 and Pommard 4. This wine’s dark fruit aromas and earthy flavors are typical expressions  of the clones, which benefit from warm days and cool, breezy evenings  along the nearby banks of the Russian River.

Technical Notes

Appellation: Russian River Valley
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Harvest Dates: August 14 and 18, 2016
Fermentation: 4, 5 and 6-ton open top tanks
Aging: 15 months in French oak barrels
Winemaker: Andrew Delos
Director of Winemaking: Dirk Hampson
Release Date: November 2018
First Vintage: 2016

Vineyard Description

The steeply sloped Bucher Vineyard in Russian River Valley grows two heritage clones we selected to produce this enchanting single-vineyard Pinot Noir. Located off of Westside Road in the Middle Reach area of Russian River Valley, Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir is planted upon well-drained Arbuckle gravely loam soil using clones 777, 115, 37 and Pommard 4. This wine’s dark fruit aromas and earthy flavors are typical expressions  of the clones, which benefit from warm days and cool, breezy evenings  along the nearby banks of the Russian River.

Harvest Notes

A warm, dry spring woke our vines up very early in the year, with budbreak and bloom beginning in late February to mid-April. By the second week of August we started to see beautifully mature berry tannins and fresh, red-and-black fruit flavors with perfect sugars across these Russian River Valley vineyards. From the onset of fermentation, the wine displayed lovely red and black fruit aromas with just the right amount of sage, underbrush and a touch of forest floor. Tannins were ripe and elegant and colors ranged from a beautiful transparent purple to Bing-cherry red, resulting in wine that is lusciously perfumed and silky on the palate.

Sensory Evaluation

A spectacular blend of red fruit aromas along with notes of cherry, strawberry compote, and hints of earthy gaminess add intricacy and intrigue to our inaugural Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir. On the palate, the wine begins with delectable red fruits followed by silky, layered tannins; elegant oak lengthens the palate while simultaneously adding spice and warmth to the finish.