2006 Holdredge Pinot Noir Bucher- USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (3/6/2010)
Wine #2 of my Holdredge Exploration. If the RR was equivalent to a nice village Gevrey Chambertin, this single vineyard is like a Premier Cru. Popped an poured, out of the glass this wine has a darker, more opaque ruby color. Lots of cinnamon and spice on the nose, followed by a wave of crushed bing cherries. The wine evolves over time in the glass, fleshing out nicely to medium weight, silky on the palate with zippy red cherry fruit notes with a bit of a citrus overtone and more of that lively ‘crunchiness’ reminiscent of a Gevery Chambertin. I had this with a little pasta and red sauce, it was a pleasant and perfect match. Note: I left about a third of the bottle out overnight and this morning it’s showing a little more alcohol and sharp citrus. (91 pts.)
Old School is not for now- still integrating (low alc 13.2 and high acid- think gillete razor blades in a glass- defintaley a good atch for food, but not for just siitting around drinking). New School is also an 08, I’d like to see a bit of time on it. but not as much as the Old School. The 06 Bucher is ready- but at 13.9 alc I was surprised to read Brent noticing alc on day 2. But what the heck. The 07 RR is ready to go also. Cant remember what else was in the pack.
Kimberly and I popped one of these tonight. I love the earthy, mushroomy nose, nice pure cherry fruit, just a hint of RRV cola(neener), some sap on the mid section, and a nice bright finish. Very well made. Nice, John. Thanks for the deal on these.
I enjoyed this wine as well. It smells like cherry and strawberrry with nice citrus tang on the pallet. We drained the bottle pretty quick and that is always a sign of how much we like a wine. Thanks John!