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Merry Edwards Wines

2016 Bucher Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

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.

Tasting host Mike Power is the winner of a magnum of our new Bucher Pinot Noir for his Buttermilk Fried Rabbit recipe. “Every year,” Mike says, “my old high school friends and I go to a ranch in the middle of nowhere in Chowchilla and spend a few days hunting. There’s lots of ducks and even more rabbits. This is a simple and delicious recipe I developed from our annual ranch trip rabbit harvest.”

Critical Acclaim

93 points
"This fleshy medium-bodied red from the Westside Road site tastes of cherry liqueur, cassis, stemmy black tea and forest floor. This is a pretty wine that’s also powerful, with undeniable balance."
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, December 2018
90 points / "Very highly recommended"
"Medium ruby; attractive, ripe, spicy, black cherry and dark currant aroma; medium-full body; relatively big, ripe, extracted, textured, dark cherry fruit flavors with good depth and a slight creaminess in the full, rich mouthfeel; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended."
Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, July 2018


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Tasting host Mike Power is the winner of a magnum of our new Bucher Pinot Noir for this rabbit recipe.

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Release Card

2016 Bucher Pinot Noir