2013 Williams Selyem "Bucher Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1218946 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Compared with the generally more delicate offerings from this producer, Bucher is always a standout. It's a raunchy, earthy barnyard expression of rustic cheese rind and dark cherry that symbolizes its origins in outstanding ways. Lively acidity keeps it fresh in the glass, while cardamon, rosemary and Asian spice provide the intrigue. (VB)  (5/2016)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here the fruit profile is similar to that of the Allen though the spice and floral elements are notably less prominent. There is good underlying tension and detail to the delicious and once again sleek middle weight flavors that display a very subtle hint of bitter cherry on the dry-in-the-best-sense finale.  (4/2016)

90 points Vinous

 Once again, the Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard is one of the most distinctive wines in the range. Game, iron and a host of feral/savory notes take center stage, while the fruit is pushed more into the background. There is good depth to the fruit, but also a certain rusticity that is impossible to fully escape. The Bucher is the most animal of Williams Selyem's 2013 Pinots. (AG)  (8/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard displays good, tart sweet and sour cherry, some strawberry and currant. It is medium-bodied, pleasant, and best drunk over the next 7-8 years. (RP)  (3/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Delivers an intense mix of blueberry, wild berry, anise and toasty oak notes in a direct manner, supported by firm, earthy tannins that offer a nice hint of what lies ahead. Drink now through 2021. (JL, Web Only-2016)

K&L Notes

According to the winery, "This vintage of the Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir is deep and brooding at first but develops with some air, revealing lighter top-notes of red raspberry and strawberry. Saddle leather, tar and grilled rosemary sprigs complete the aromatic fireworks. Round and soft on the palate, there is enough acidity to provide cling and extend the red fruit flavor profile into the finish, which is highlighted with elements of smoked game meats and espresso roast coffee beans. The Bucher Vineyard is located about 1 ½ miles north of our winemaking facility on Westside Road. The clones planted include 777, 115, 37, and Pommard 4, with an Arbuckle gravely loam soil."

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.