2014 Holdredge Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard
Bucher Vineyard is situated a few miles to the southwest of Healdsburg on Westside Road, an extremely highly-regarded area for Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley AVA. There are a small handful of vineyards with names synonymous for some of the finest pinots ever to come from Sonoma County. Bucher is on the north end of the appellation, so it is slightly warmer, although the hills to the west (the beginning of the coastal range) offer afternoon shade. There is little water, and the story of the wines is told in the soils.
We take three clones from three different blocks, and they are all quite different. We take “Pommard” and “Swan” clones from blocks planted in “Josephine” soils, which are some of the oldest soils around. They come from weathered sedimentary and volcanic rocks. Our other block is on a soil called “Yorkville”, which is formed from weathered schist and other sedimentary rocks. Both soils are excellent for Pinot Noir.
When I visit Bucher, there is always a sense of serenity; it’s not an unusual feeling in a vineyard, but the Bucher Vineyard has always spoken to me this way. That manifests itself in the wine, which always has a sense of serenity about it.
One of the hallmarks of this vineyard for us is that the leading aromatic isn’t fruit- it’s the note of Rose petals. I think this is part of how the wine conveys the serenity of the place. The 2014 is no exception; it is vividly fragrant with floral aromas. The ever present note of rose petal is there (although a bit darker than common). It also has a nice aromatic of a red apple skin, something I haven’t seen from there since 2006. The 2014 is easily the “biggest” Bucher we’ve made; it really has startling weight. But the aromatics are still so lifted and pretty- it’s like it is tethered to where it always is, but offering a little something different too. Say what you will, but I’ve noticed when we open these they are going pretty quickly at our table.
Cases produced: 125