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2019 J. Bucher Bucher Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.58, 563 cases, $45. Released October 2021. Sourced from 4 blocks in the estate vineyard and is composed of 7 clones (Pommard, Swan, Calera, Mariafeld, 37, and Dijon 115 and 943). Harvest Brix 23.9º (average). Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 20% new, 80% 1-5-year-old. · Dark garnet color in the glass. Reserved aromas of dark cherry, tilled earth and cow pasture. The wine is packed with darkest cherry cola flavor framed by gentle tannins, offering some persistence on the finish. There is a thread of pungent manure similar to ashen oak. Score: 89. Reviewed November 14, 2021 ARTICLE »

2019 J. Bucher Pommard Clone Bucher Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.67, TA 0.54, 114 cases, $55. Released October 2021. 100% Pommard clone from 4 blocks in the Bucher Vineyard. Harvest Brix 24.0º (average). Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 60% new, 40% 1-2-year-old. · Dark garnet color in the glass. The nose leads with aromas of earth-toned black fruits and a bit of mushroom. Mid-weight plus in a rich and bold style with waves of black cherry, black raspberry and blackberry fruit flavors. Silky on the palate, with gentle tannins and some finishing power. The barnyard trait is barely noticeable. Score: 92. Reviewed November 14, 2021 ARTICLE »

2019 J. Bucher Three Sixty Bucher Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., pH 3.79, TA 0.54, 118 cases, $65. Released October 2021. Sourced from 4 blocks on the western edge of the vineyard. Harvest Brix 23.2º (average). Clones are Swan, Pommard, Dijon 943. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 80% new and 20% 1-year-old. · Dark garnet color in the glass. Pleasant aromas of confected black cherry, sassafras, baking spices and fresh oak. Full-flavored, ripely-fruited, and full-bodied, offering flavors of darkest cherry, blueberry-pomegranate and cassis backed by modest tannins and acidity. There is only a hint of barnyard. Score: 91. Reviewed November 14, 2021 ARTICLE »

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