The nose on this vintage of Bucher typifies the unique terroir of this site. Notes of dried meats mix with fruitier elements of raspberry and plum. Wood spices […]Read More
|Barrel Description||67% new, 33% 1 yr.|
|Barrel Aged||16 months|
The nose on this vintage of Bucher typifies the unique terroir of this site. Notes of dried meats mix with fruitier elements of raspberry and plum. Wood spices add another layer to the overall earthy and savory complexion. While round and voluminous on the palate, the tannins are supple and refined. Earthy and aged meat flavors are counterpointed with raspberry and subtle citrus notes. The Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir returns after a hiatus in 2016 and hasn’t missed a beat.
It was an auspicious start to the 2017 growing season with steady rain followed by dry spells which allowed for the soil profile to fill up progressively. The waterworks kicked into high gear in January at which point over 20 inches of rain had accumulated. That’s nearly double the historical average. 2017 was epic in many respects and at one point the Russian River waters touched Westside Road and the winery was waterfront property! As the waters receded and the soil dried up, temperatures moderated, and bud break ensued by mid-March. Steady rain through the vegetative cycle was balanced with days of brilliant sunshine which helped to grow green, healthy plants. The weather was very fine in May for the flowering period and ideal for the fruit set. As the season progressed there were periods of heat that occurred with some regularity. With plenty of water in the soil profile, the plants did not stress too much and physiological maturity continued at an accelerated pace. Due to the diversity in our vineyard sources, there is normally a natural spread in the pick dates. However, in 2017 there was compression of the harvest and many of the vineyards were ready in a short period of time. The process was nearly complete by the time the intense Labor Day heat wave hit and, thankfully, had concluded before the devastating wildfires in October. Through a Herculean effort in the vineyards and at the winery we were able to pick the grapes at the optimal time and preserve the freshness and acidity of the vintage. The consequent wines show a refinement to the tannin structure which will allow for early consumption but will age gracefully with mid-term cellaring. Through and through, the 2017 is an excellent vintage.
Reviews & Scores
The 2017 Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard is powerful and gamy, as it typically is, but with fewer of the strong feral notes that have made some previous vintages challenging to taste and not especially pleasurable. Black cherry, plum, iron, game and smoke inform this powerful wine. The 2017 is quite possible the best Bucher I have tasted here. A.G.