Vineyard: Bucher

OwnerBucher Family
AppellationRussian River Valley
StoryThe Bucher family were Swiss immigrants who had an organic milk cattle operation on Westside Road in the Russian River Valley near Arista Winery. Founder Joe Bucher's son, John, graduated from University of California at Davis and expanded the operation to include wine grapes beginning in 1997. Bucher Vineyard supplies grapes to multiple wineries including Siduri, Arista, Williams Selyem, Holdredge, Frank Family and C. Donatiello. Small amounts of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are produced under the Bucher Vineyard label.
Dates PlantedBegan in 1997 and additions made over the years.
VarietiesChardonnay, Pinot Noir
ClonesDijon, Mt. Eden (UCD 37), Pommard, Swan
ManagersBucher Family

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2015 Ousterhout Russian River Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., 540 cases, $25. A blend from three vineyards: Bucher, Jenna’s and Nurmi. · Moderate pinkish red color in the glass. Fruit aromas of red berries, peach and citrus mix with savory notes of peat and underbrush. Ripe flavors of strawberry and cherry with an herbal thread in the background. Some richness, finishing dry, even slightly astringent. Score: 89. Reviewed May 6, 2016 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Jewell Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.11% alc., pH 3.63, TA 0.59, 1,150 cases, $34. A blend of several vineyards: Hallberg, Floodgate, Appian Way, Bucher and Nurmi. 100% de-stemmed, aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 15% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Nice perfume of Bing cherry, cherry pie spice, purple grape and a hint of oak. A solid offering of mid weight black cherry, blueberry and spice flavors with a top note of toast, earth, tar and black tea. Modest tannins, with some finishing intensity and a slight sense of alcoholic warmth on the finish. Score: 89. Reviewed March 12, 2016 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Siduri Bucher Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 388 cases, $49. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Well-endowed with generous aromas of ripe Bing cherries, cola and loamy earth. Discreetly concentrated, cherry-driven flavor on the palate with an undertone of savory spices, smoky oak, and what the French call merde, a fecal or decaying vegetative note that some drinkers (not me) prize. I have experienced this in only one other California wine - the Russian River Valley Hansen Vineyard Pinot Noir produced by Brogan Cellars and George Wine Company. Score: 89. Reviewed December 10, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Bucher Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.69% alc., pH 3.73, TA 0.60, 100 cases, $44. Inaugural release from this vineyard located on Westside Road. Owned by John and Diane Bucher, the Bucher Vineyard is on a hillside with various aspects. Grapes were harvested at moderate levels of sugar over a two week window. The lots were fermented separately. Half of the wine came from the newest section of the vineyard (“Forklift” Block) which produced the wine with the greatest concentration and interest. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Intense aromas of black cherries, grilled peach and toasty oak. Succulent and sappy on the palate with plenty of black cherry goodness, carrying a tarry, earthy, even barnyard undertone that Burgundy lovers may relish. Easy to drink, with finishing intensity. Score: 88. Reviewed October 27, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 Williams Selyem Bucher Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., pH 3.50 $54. Released fall 2010. This vineyard is located 1.5 miles north of Williams Selyem winery on Westside Road. Planted primarily to Dijon clones 667 and 777. Aged 17 months in 70% new and 40% 1-year-old French oak barrels. · Aromas of Bing cherries, tarry oak, spice and oil. A medium-weighted cherry-driven wine with an herbal oak and smoky underpinning that I find unpleasant. Soft and delicate, with fine dry tannins and a respectable grip of acidity on the finish. I suspect I got a bad bottle. Decent. Reviewed December 14, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Williams Selyem Bucher Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., $54. · Marvelous spiced Bing cherry aromas predict greatness but the wine deliver flavors with a disappointing message. The cherry core is dominated by an earthy, savory, woody imprint that just wasn’t to my liking. Decent. Reviewed February 15, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »