2015 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard

Year: 2015
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Country: USA - California
Connoisseurs' Guide: 91
California Grapevine: 89
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.3%
Price :

"Bright and lively and as clean as clean gets with a very keen and sustained sense of fresh cherries set against a discreet measure of mildly creamy oak, this carefully constructed wine already displays plenty of polish, its youthful vibrancy and ample acidity notwithstanding. It is so easy to like now that it will make for satisfying drinking in the near term, yet it has the balance, the energy and the fruity reserve to be attractive for a good half-dozen years. Reviewed: February 2018" (CG)

"7. 2015 Williams Selyem, “Bucher Vineyard,” Russian River Valley ($62) – Medium-light to medium ruby; earthy, dark cherry fruit aroma with hints of cola and forest floor; medium body; crisp, tight, slightly tart, red fruit flavors; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended. 13.3% alcohol; 522 cases; 100% PN; to be released November 2017. (Group Score: 16.1, 0/1/1; My Score: 16.5 [89/100], sixth place)" (CGV)

Winery Notes:
Winemaker Notes:
The nose soars with notes of raspberry jam and strawberry confiture, and is interlaced with Chinese five spice. The leather note typical of Bucher takes a step back in the amazingly complex array of aromas. With air, notes of bitter cherry emerge. In the mouth, the texture is supple and round with flavors of cherry, sassafras, and cinnamon stick. The acid profile is sneaky and seamlessly works with the tannins to a give a finish of bergamot tea. In short, a sensational offering from the Bucher Vineyard.

The Vineyard:
The Bucher Vineyard is located about 1½ 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.

Harvest 2015:
The 2015 vintage continues the hit parade of great quality vintages of the last four years. The season started under extreme drought conditions for the 4th consecutive season despite a wet early winter. January was very dry and warm and brought bud break earlier than expected by about 12 days compared to 2014. The rains returned in early February and dramatically slowed down the growth of the plants. May temperatures were some of the coldest on record and negatively impacted flowering and therefore fruit set. It was common for clusters to have millerandage, or a “hens and chicks” (big berry, little berry) phenotype, great for wine quality but severely limited yields. By the end of July the heat returned and, coupled with limited fog intrusion, the ripening process sped along quickly. In fact, harvest started on the last day of July…the earliest on record in the 36 vintages at Williams Selyem! Despite an auspicious start and a dramatic finish to the season, the 2015 wines may surpass some of the great recent vintages as they are bold and yet maintain their trueness to site. With superb color, structure and acidity, the wines have staying power, but with the wonderful texture and richness that are expressed today, who can resist them now?