VOLUME 9, ISSUE 38
February 22, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard: A Description & Vertical Tasting Tasting Aged Williams Selyem Pinot Noir: Bottled Surprises Pinot Noir “Clone 95”: Dick Erath Revives an Old Treasure Failla Wines Sips of Recently Tasted Wines Hearty Burgundy Celebrates 50 Years Tasting Rooms Threatening to Overtax Healdsburg and Sonoma Pinot Briefs
Located on Westside Road near Arista Winery in Healdsburg, the land is a source of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and organically certified milk. The 360-acre farm dates to 1958 when Joe and Annemarie Bucher, Swiss immigrants, started the farm with 50 milking cows. The second generation including Joe's son, John, a graduate of the University of California at Davis) run the operation which now has 600 certified organic cows (and another 600 cows in Valley Ford and Petaluma).
Joe Bucher grew up with Joe Rochioli and they become close friends. The vineyard was first planted in 1997 when John expanded the family operation to include wine grapes. Pommard and Dijon Pinot Noir clones were established initially with the assistance of winemaker Bob Cabral. Heritage clones including Swan, Mt. Eden and Jackson have been planted into what is now fifteen blocks spread over 40 acres.Fruit from Bucher Vineyard goes to several wineries including Williams Selyem, Arista, Siduri, Holdredge, Papapietro Perry, C. Donatiello Winery and Frank Family Vineyards.
In 2011, the Bucher Vineyard label was launched with the aid of Siduri winemaker Adam Lee. A Pinot Noir and Chardonnay were the first releases. A Pinot Noir block is being grafted over to Chardonnay so the Bucher Vineyard Chardonnay will be an estate wine in the future.
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