VOLUME 9, ISSUE 39
March 29, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Adventures on the Pinot Trail: World of Pinot Noir - The Seminars Adventures on the Pinot Trail: World of Pinot Noir: The Tastings Talisman: 2010 Pinots are a Giant Step Up from the Ordinary Pfendler Vineyards: Exceptional Wines in 2012 Honor Peter Pfendler Bernardus Winery: Pinot Noir Transcends the Ordinary Winter Games: Taste of International Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted California Wines Sips of Recently Tasted Oregon Wines Pinot Briefs On The Pinot Trail: Rocking K Vineyard Cottages
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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