Critical Acclaim

“…all the Bucher wines show a polished delicate intensity.”
~ Doug Wilder, Purely Domestic Wine Report

“Winemaker Adam Lee, who has been with the Bucher family since 2011, coaxes intense flavors and stylistic elegance from the grapes as he crafts the winery’s lineup of estate wines, available in limited amounts.”
~ Meridith May, The Tasting Panel

2021 Rosé of Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

4 Stars ~ Wines of the Week, The Press Democrat, 3-30-22
"This rosé has great minerality, tangy fruit of watermelon and a hint of cranberry. Balanced, with crisp acidity. Nice length, striking." - Peg Melnik

2021 Sauvignon Blanc Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

4 Stars ~ Wines of the Week, The Press Democrat, 6-22-22
“A sauvignon blanc where citrus meets tropical. Aromas and flavors of lemon, mandarin and pineapple, with a kiss of vanilla in the mix. Balanced, with great minerality. Finishes crisp. Impressive.” - Peg Melnik

2020 Pinot Noir, Pommard Clone Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

92 points ~ JebDunnuck.com

2020 Pinot Noir, Three Sixty Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

92 points ~ JebDunnuck.com

2020 Pinot Noir, Opa's Block Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

92 points ~ JebDunnuck.com

2020 Pinot Noir, Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

91 points ~ JebDunnuck.com

2020 Rosé of Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

4 Stars ~ Wines of the Week, The Press Democrat, 8-25-21
"With pitch-perfect balance, this sauvignon blanc has it all. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit, melon, nectarine and a pinch of white pepper. Best of all, it’s seamless, with a quench of lemon on the finish. Well-crafted." - Peg Melnik

2020 Sauvignon Blanc Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

92 points ~ James Suckling
90 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
91 points ~ Blue Lifestyle
91 points ~ Wine.com
4 Stars ~ Restaurant Wine
Top 100 Wines ~ Press Democrat
4.5 Stars ~ Wines of the Week, The Press Democrat, 7-6-21
“A sauvignon blanc where citrus meets tropical. Aromas and flavors of lemon, mandarin and pineapple, with a kiss of vanilla in the mix. Balanced, with great minerality. Finishes crisp. Impressive.” - Peg Melnik

2019 Rosé of Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

91 points ~ Blue Lifestyle
91 points ~ Wine.com
90 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
“Creamy cherry and vanilla flavors highlight a backbone of lasting acidity and firm tannin, with a sprinkling of dried herb and stone.”

2019 Pinot Noir, Pommard Clone Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

92 points ~ Pinotfile
92 points ~ Blue Lifestyle
91 points ~ James Suckling
90 points ~ Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
8.5 points out of 10 ~ Vinography
4 Stars ~ Restaurant Wine
"An excellent wine, this 2019 Pommard Clone bottling is full-bodied, well balanced, and intensely flavored (cherry, blueberry, toasty oak, herbs), with a long finish."

2019 Pinot Noir, Three Sixty Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

94 points ~ Blue Lifestyle
91 points ~ Pinotfile
91 points ~ James Suckling
90 points ~ Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
8.5 points out of 10 ~ Vinography
4+ Stars ~ Restaurant Wine
"A rich, full-bodied wine that is very complex in flavor (toast, vanilla, cherry, roasted nut, plum, red licorice, oak), balanced, and long and a bit tannic on the finish. Warrants further aging. Fine quality."

2019 Pinot Noir, Opa's Block Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

92 points ~ Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

2019 Pinot Noir, Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Top 100 Wines ~ Press Democrat
93 points ~ Blue Lifestyle
92 points - Good Value ~ Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

2018 Pinot Noir, Pommard Clone Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

96 points ~ The Tasting Panel
“Earth, plum, and cinnamon converge on the nose. Chocolate and plum are surrounded by a gamey sensation of terroir that is profound on the palate. Wild strawberry and Italian herbs meld with a fine sprinkle of black pepper. Stunning.”
90 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
90 points ~ Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

2018 Pinot Noir, Opa's Block Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

95 points ~ The Tasting Panel
“Aromas of lavender, raspberry, and roasted coffee inspire the nose. Focused acidity; dry, chalky tannins; and cedar-swathed orange peel have an intense and gratifying impact. Tilled soil and cigar leaf are present from start to finish.”
93 points ~ Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

2018 Pinot Noir, Three Sixty Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

93 points ~ The Tasting Panel
“Deep and shadowed, with dusky notes of plum preserves, espresso, and cherry skins. Aromas and flavors of earth and cigar leaf are topped with peppercorns and a layer of cedar.”

2018 Pinot Noir, Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

93 points ~ The Tasting Panel
“This Earth Mother is assertive, but black cherry, mocha, and Red Delicious apple impart sweetness while gentling her soul. Waves of sandalwood and tarry notes linger on the savory finish.”

2017 Pinot Noir, Opa’s Block Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

94 points ~ Blue Lifestyle
93 points ~ Jeb Dunnuck
“Pretty redcurrants, dried flowers, forest floor, spice, and new leather notes all emerge from this medium-bodied beauty, which has a terrific sense of elegance and purity, integrated acidity, and a great finish. It certainly shows a more cool-climate, complex, almost Sonoma Coast-like profile compared to your average Russian River release. It's beautifully done and I suspect will keep for a decade.”
93 points ~ Wine.com
90 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
4+ Stars ~ Restaurant Wine

2017 Pinot Noir, Three Sixty Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

93 points ~ Blue Lifestyle
93 points ~ Wine.com
92 points ~ Jeb Dunnuck
“Smoked black cherries, roasted herbs, forest floor, earth, and a touch of new leather all emerge from the glass, and this beauty has a rocking palate, showing medium-bodied richness, terrific balance, a seamless texture, and integrated acidity and tannins. ... This is outstanding stuff and should keep easily for 5-7 years.”
92 points ~ Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines
"Highly Recommended" - California Grapevine

2017 Pinot Noir, Pommard Clone Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

93 points ~ Blue Lifestyle
92 points ~ Wine.com
91 points ~ Jeb Dunnuck
“This classic California Pinot Noir has impressive cherry and blackberry fruits as well as lots of spice and conifer/bay leaf notes, medium-bodied richness, good acidity, and a balanced, charming, undeniably delicious style.”
91 points ~ Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines
90 points ~ Wine Enthusiast
90 points & "Very Highly Recommended" - California Grapevine
Selected as one of Sonoma’s Top 100 Wines of 2019 ~ Sonoma Magazine
“Voluptuous and mouth-filling, this bold wine will win over a legion of fans for its bright, juicy red fruit and rewarding texture. Beyond its instant approachability, it’s a serious wine with the tannic and acid structure to age beautifully for another five years or more.”

2017 Pinot Noir, Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

91 points ~ Jeb Dunnuck
“This juicy, medium to full-bodied, powerful Pinot Noir has loads of black cherry and darker currant fruits, notes of smoked herbs, a touch of background oak, and a textured, layered mouthfeel.”
91 points & “Good Value” ~ Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines
91 points ~ Blue Lifestyle
91 points ~ Wine.com

2017 Chardonnay Unoaked Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

4 Stars ~ Wines of the Week, The Press Democrat, 7-18-18
“A lovely Chardonnay where tropical meets citrus, a lovely yin yang. Notes of pineapple, apple and guava. Round texture. Great balance. Spot on.”

2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Best Rosé of 2018 ~ Tom Simoneau, The Wine Guy

2016 Pinot Noir Three Sixty Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

92 points ~ Wine Advocate
“…the 2016 Pinot Noir Three Sixty features warm pomegranate and cranberry with notions of red and black cherries, earth and wet leaves. Medium-bodied with spicy/earthy fruit in the mouth, it has juicy acidity and fine, grainy tannins, finishing long and layered.”

2016 Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

93 points ~ JamesSuckling.com
“Some smoked-meat aromas with a bright undercurrent of ripe red cherries that lead to a plush, attractive and flavorful palate, carrying a wealth of rich, typical pinot, ripe cherry flavor. Drink or hold.”
91 points ~ Wine Advocate
“Pale to medium ruby, the 2016 Pinot Noir Bucher Estate Vineyard is scented of cinnamon stick and clove with red cherry preserves and warm red berries with smoke, cola and earth nuances. In the mouth, it’s light to medium-bodied with a core of earthy/spicy red and black fruits, with firm, grainy tannins and just enough acidity to lift the long, smoky/savory finish.”
Selected one of the Top 100 Wines of 2018 ~ Sonoma Magazine, Nov. 2018
“The Bucher family has grown grapes in Russian River Valley for nearly three decades, selling them to such producers as Williams Selyem and Merry Edwards. They launched their own brand in 2013, and their flagship is this blend, made by Siduri’s Adam Lee. It’s lush and juicy, with bright cherry, cranberry, and pomegranate aromas and flavors.”

2015 Pinot Noir, Pommard Clone Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Selected as one of the best Pinots at the 2017 Pinot Days in San Francisco

2015 Chardonnay Rio Oro Russian River Valley

4 Stars ~ Wines of the Week, The Press Democrat, 8-15-18
87 Points ~ JamesSuckling.com

2015 Chardonnay Unoaked Russian River Valley

93 points ~ Pinotfile, December 25, 2016
4 1/2 Stars ~ Wines of the Week, The Press Democrat, 4-19-17

2014 Pinot Noir, Three Sixty Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

92 points ~ Pinotfile, December 25, 2016
91 points ~ Purely Domestic Wine Report, March 2017

2014 Pinot Noir, Pommard Clone Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Selected as one of the Top 100 Wines of 2017 ~ Sonoma Magazine
92 points ~ Pinotfile, December 25, 2016

2014 Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

91 points ~ Pinotfile, December 25, 2016
4 Stars ~ Wines of the Week, The Press Democrat, 8-10-16

2014 Chardonnay Rio Oro Russian River Valley

94 points ~ Pinotfile, December 25, 2016
90 points ~ Purely Domestic Wine Report, March 2017
4 Stars ~ Wines of the Week, The Press Democrat, 10-12-16
Double Gold Medal ~ American Fine Wine Competition, 2016

2014 Chardonnay Unoaked Russian River Valley

90 points ~ Wine Enthusiast, November 2015
Peg Melnik’s Wine List ~ Press Democrat, 5-20-15

2014 Rosé of Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

91 points & Editor’s Choice ~ Wine Enthusiast, November 2015
90 points ~ Purely Domestic Wine Report
“Highly Recommended” ~ California Grapevine, July 2015
Gold Medal ~ American Fine Wine Competition, 2016

2013 Pinot Noir, Three Sixty Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

93 points ~ Wine Enthusiast, November 2015
91 points ~ Purely Domestic Wine Report
Gold Medal ~ Pinot Noir Shootout, 2015

2013 Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

90 points ~ Wine Enthusiast, July 2015
91 points ~ Purely Domestic Wine Report
Gold Medal ~ Pinot Noir Shootout, 2015
4 Stars ~ Wines of the Week ~ The Press Democrat, 10-7-15

2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

90 points ~ Wine Enthusiast, 10/1/14
4 Stars ~ Wine of Week’s TOP PICK ~ The Press Democrat

2012 Pinot Noir Three Sixty Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

93 points ~ Cellar Selection ~ Wine Enthusiast, May 2014
93 points ~ Bacchus & Beery, 1-14-14
Voted Best Pinot Noir in the U.S. ~ 2014 World of Pinot Noir

2012 Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

92 points ~ PinotReport, 4-15-15
91 points ~ Cellar Selection ~ Wine Enthusiast, May 2014
94 points ~ Bacchus & Beery, 1-14-14
91 points ~ Purely Domestic Wine Report, 5-14

2011 Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

93 points ~ Pinot Report, 11-15-13
92 Points ~ Bacchus & Beery, 1-14-14
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