2012 Holdredge Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard 5L
The "voice of a serene place"

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Bucher Vineyard is located in the hills on the west side of the Russian River, off Westside Road. Our primary block is known as "Pear Tree" owing to a very old Pear Tree that grows there, and is pretty much tucked away in the far back of the property. I've heard many estimates of the age of these soils, but most have been in the 80-120 million year old range.

Usually, I'm out there early in the morning or towards the evening. It tends to be pretty calm out there- the kind of place where you might feel a soft breeze and hear the cry of a hawk. I've gotten to know the place a bit (we started there in 2006), and the serene voice of the place is always present for me.

I always think that serenity is the voice of this wine too. It tends towards a more floral bouquet- with rose petals being dominant. It tends to have lots of wieght in the palate too. Although it is vivid red, people often comment on how light the color is, but how full the palate is.

In 2012, we bled almost 25% of the juice from Bucher. Typical of 2012, the clusters and berries were very large. We managed to get a 9 day cold soak before fermentation began, and it generally ran with modest tempratures (not all wild yeast fermentations follow the same trajectory).

In tasting through the wines before release, Carri’s and my tasting notes revealed almost identical impressions: rose petals, crushed dried flowers, rosewater, violets. And yet, despite these very gentle aromatics and flavors, the wine has excellent weight and the silky tannins give it excellent structure- straddling a line between light and depth. This is really very graceful, and is a good example of the voice of a serene place.

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Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Bucher Vineyard
Alcohol %
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