WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Pinot Noir
  • APPELLATION
    Russian River Valley
  • ALCOHOL
    13.90%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Those familiar with Williams Selyem, Merry Edwards, Siduri and other prominent Pinot Noir producers have likely heard of Bucher Vineyard. The 38-acre vineyard which shares its land with an organic dairy operation and is one of the most prized plots in Russian River, growing various clones of Pinot and a bit of Chardonnay. John Bucher has been producing wine under his own label since 2011 with the help of legendary Pinot Noir winemaker, Adam Lee, formerly of Siduri.

The Three Sixty bottling is sourced from four distinct blocks on the estate, resulting in a spice-driven wine with notes of tart red fruit, black tea, dark cherries, red plums, dried rose petals, Demerara sugar, spice and minerals. Delicious depth and complexity and will continue to age for another few years.

TASTING NOTES 

Spice-driven aromas reveal tart red fruit, black tea, and an inviting mineral essence. The rich, full entry showcases the power and focus of this Pinot Noir. On the palate, persistent ripe dark cherry and red plum merge with traces of dried roses, brown sugar, and allspice. Fine-grained tannins and oak notes edge the wine, contributing to its delicious depth and complexity.

THE STORY TO KNOW

After graduating from UC Davis in 1984, John Bucher returned to Healdsburg to manage the family dairy operation, Bucher Farms, eventually transitioning the herd to an organic dairy farm. John continued on his parent’s path of growing the dairy herd, while also looking for opportunities to diversify to higher-value crops to stay economically sustainable.

Today the 700-cow organic dairy is the mainstay of the ranch, while the vineyard acreage has grown. Today, Bucher Vineyard consists of 38 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes on 15 distinct blocks farmed by John for Bucher Farms. The organic practices used on the farm and dairy carry over into the vineyard, where John uses sustainable viticulture practices.

With the 2011 harvest, John and his wife Diane, along with help from their children, crushed their first grapes for Bucher Wines. As a working dairy, farm, and vineyard, it is truly a family affair. Their children Elizabeth, Hannah, Jack, and Tony Klisura are the third generation of Buchers to work on this family farm.