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2017 Bucher Pinot Noir

Merry Edwards Wines

2017 Bucher Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

A series of undulating hillsides form this vineyard along Westside Road in the Northern Reach of Russian River Valley. Due to this mixed orientation, our designated blocks have multiple exposures that add complexity of character. The two blocks designated for us are planted to the Pommard and UCD37 clones, which are well suited to this early ripening area. Our winemaker, Heidi, works closely with vineyard owner John Bucher to farm this site to our exacting standards.

This dramatic Pinot is destined for bigness! The extremely dark color is a reflection of its brooding aroma, which seems, for now, to be somewhat restrained but with pulsing undercurrents poised to break free with time. Violets, cassis, dark cherry, blackberry and black raspberry are interlaced with scents of sarsaparilla, leather and alpine forest. There is good carry-through of these aroma components into the palate. The intense mouthfeel is dense with firm, age-worthy, ripe tannins. It blossoms and broadens at the midpalate, revealing firm acidity and a cascade of cocoa, cherry and toasty oak at the finish line.

Critical Acclaim

93 points

"The 2017 Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard has a medium ruby color and offers woodsmoke, cranberries, Bing cherries, dried flowers, citrus peel and saline aromas on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied and youthfully coiled, taking its time to open up to tobacco-laced fruits. It has firm, grainy tannins and juicy acidity, finishing long and woodsy. Give this another couple of years in bottle—this has lots more to give with a bit more time." Erin Brooks, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2019

93 points

"the 2017, a large-framed Pinot Noir, combines ripe black fruit notes with fabulous acidity that keeps it fresh and lively. Not overdone, it carries its 14.5 percent stated-alcohol seamlessly. Underneath the fruit lies an intriguing and balancing mineral-like tarriness. A delightful hint of bitterness in the finish reinforces that this wine, as juicy as it is, is not solely about fruit. Refined tannins made it hard to resist now. This wine bodes well for Winemaker Heidi von der Mehden’s talents." Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, December 2020

91 points

"This is a full-flavored, full-bodied wine that shows upfront power and intensity in aromas of black tea, forest floor and wild strawberry. The palate brings black cherry and blackberry richness, with enough juicy acidity to cut through the grippy tannins." Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, November 2019

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Kara Adanalian, a Sonoma County graphic artist and talented cook, came up with this recipe for Russian River Ribeyes as a pairing for the 2017 Bucher Pinot. The gremolata topping, containing garlic, leeks and red bell pepper, sets off the richness of the steaks and earthiness of the wine.

Diane Bucher's Stuffed Autumn Pumpkin

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