2014 Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir

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2019-2029 OPTIMAL DRINKING WINDOW
Russian River Valley Bucher Vineyard
RELEASE PRICE $59 Past Release

Winemakers Notes

A beautiful nose of black raspberry and dried strawberry are immediately apparent. The inherent dried meat and grilled herb qualities, including clove and allspice, take a secondary role […]

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Technical Notes

TA 0.60g/100mL
pH 3.50
Alc. 13.8%
Barrel Description 68% new, 32% 1 yr.
Barrel Aged 16 months
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Winemakers Notes

A beautiful nose of black raspberry and dried strawberry are immediately apparent. The inherent dried meat and grilled herb qualities, including clove and allspice, take a secondary role in this wonderful offering from Bucher Vineyard. The front of the palate is saturated with raspberry and cherry, which provide a roundness on the tongue. Hints of saddle leather emerge on the mid-palate, with a wonderful surprising lift of citrus at the conclusion.

Harvest Notes

Continuing the string of great vintages, 2014 completes the trifecta of extremely high quality growing seasons. The 2014s exhibit a great purity of place, with generous fruit and elegant textures. The 2014 growing season started out as one of the driest winters on record with only 40% of normal rainfall by mid-season. Due to the extremely dry conditions over the winter months, many of the vineyards were irrigated in December and January to ensure the vines had enough moisture, effectively mimicking winter rainfall. It was another early bud break season; almost 14 days earlier than “normal.” When rain in early April finally appeared it helped replenish the soil’s moisture profile to re-invigorate the plants and boost growth. May brought flowering, as expected, and fruit set was bountiful overall for a third straight year. The harvest season was near perfect with warm temperatures, which allowed for a leisurely picking schedule. 2014 was a wonderful growing season that has yielded another fine set of wines that speak of the place. In short, 2014 is another superb vintage of compelling nature and should allow for long-range cellaring for those to choose to age their wines for 7- 10 years.

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