Bucher

2014 Rio Oro Russian River Valley Sonoma County Chardonnay

Chardonnay

California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley

Offer Expired:Jun 19, 2018 at 11:59 pm
$40.00
Avg. Price

Mission Briefing

Codename:

Goldie

We have nothing against Rombauer. Honestly, we adore some of their wines. However, if given a choice between their Chardonnay and today’s brilliant Bucher 2014 Rio Oro Russian River Valley Sonoma County Chardonnay, we’d pocket the difference and buy the Bucher! Today’s 94 pointer is a steal!

This Chardonnay is a pale gold with a beautiful jade tinge and excellent clarity. You’ll find a clean and varietally-correct nose full of apple, sur-lees quality, honeycomb, saffron, and marmalade. The wine has a nicely balanced flavor profile with tropical fruit notes of guava complimenting the stone fruit of peach and apricot with a more crisp apple backbone. An exceptionally well-balanced wine with the butter, oak, and bright acid all held together in harmony. Throw in a sensuous mouthfeel with a smooth finish and you’ve got the whole package. You can’t ask for much better than a top-notch Chardonnay and crab chowder with a sourdough bread bowl.

The Bucher Vineyard is located about 1.5 miles north of the Williams Selyem winemaking facility on Westside Road, in Healdsburg, California. The vineyard is comprised of 38 acres of sustainably-farmed grapes, 36 acres of Pinot Noir on 14 distinct blocks and 2 acres of Chardonnay. Today’s Pinot was made from the vineyard’s finest grapes from select vineyard blocks.

Bucher Vineyards has been a designated vineyard for Williams Selyem since 1999. A quick search for Selyem’s Bucher Vineyard reveals that Bucher designated bottles are selling for between $100 and $250. If you can actually find any for sale!. Today’s wine can be had for a song.

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Here’s what the wine press has to say:

94 points - Pinotfile, 12-25-16

90 points - Purely Domestic Wine Report, 3-17

4 Stars - Wines of the Week, The Press Democrat, 10-11-16

Double Gold Medal - 2016 American Fine Wine Competition

Tasting Profile

Look:

A pale gold with a beautiful jade tinge and excellent clarity.

Smell:

Apple, sur lees quality, honeycomb, saffron, and marmalade.

Taste:

Tropical fruit, guava, stone fruit, peach, apricot, and apple.

Finish:

Butter, oak, and bright acid all held together in harmony. Throw in a sensuous mouthfeel with a smooth finish and you’ve got the whole package.

Pairing:

You can’t ask for much better than a top notch Chardonnay and crab chowder with a sourdough bread bowl.

What the Winery Says

Winemaker
Joe Bucher
Varietal
100% Chardonnay
Vintage
2014
Appellation
Russian River Valley
Clone
Clone 4 & 17 (Robert Young)
Harvest Dates
September 5 & 24, 2014
Brix
22.6° average
Barrel Aging
9 months
Cooperage
20% new French oak; 80% neutral French oak
Bottling Date
July 20, 2015
Alcohol
13.4%
pH
3.6
T.A.
0.06g/100mL

About the Winery

Offer Expired:Jun 19, 2018 at 11:59 pm
$40.00
Avg. Price
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