2016 Bucher Pinot Noir
This juicy yet sophisticated Pinot was made under the guidance of Heidi von der Mehden, our associate winemaker, in concert with growers John and Diane Bucher. We have wanted to work with these grapes for some years and jumped at the opportunity when two small blocks became available. The combination of Pommard and my UCD37 clonal selections is well-suited to this early ripening hillside above Westside Road.
The aroma opens with a powerful salvo of blueberry, boysenberry and blue plum. With more air, intoxicating floral scents appear — lavender, columbine, iris en Provence and violets. Even more complexity comes from expressive savory notes — a charcuterie board, grilled game meats, dried herbs and freshly turned earth.
The palate is broad and bright with big, plump tannins and toasty, fine-grained French oak and warm brioche. Berry jam, rich fig and cherry unfold over a long and lingering finish. All signs point toward good ageability for this newest addition to our portfolio of Pinot Noirs.
"The 2016 Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard has a lovely nose of woodsmoke and tobacco with hints of laurel over a core of wild blackberry, blackcurrant and black cherry with savory/meaty hints. The palate is medium to full-bodied with lovely, spicy black fruits supported by firm, grainy-textured tannins and juicy freshness to lift the finish." Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate, April 30, 2019