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Davis Bynum Pinot Noir 2012

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This is a little tight on the nose with clean, focused oak aromas balanced by cut plum and black cherry fruit. There's a lot of wine here, though it's not at all heavy. Gentle mocha shadings greet the palate with a nicely integrated structural elements supporting the black cherry and lightly plummy fruit on the palate. There are some strawberry yogurt notes on the back end along with some peppery wood spice that draws out the strawberry candy and black cherry-toned finish. Not rustic but perhaps a bit of a throw back style. Has its appeal, though. 89pts

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Davis Bynum:
Distinguished as the first winery on Westside Road in Healdsburg, California, Davis Bynum was the first to produce a single vineyard pinot noir from the Russian River Valley. The vintage was 1973 and the grapes were from Joe Rochioli's now prized vineyard. Today, more than thirty years later, the heritage of Davis Bynum lives on through the hand crafted creation of pinot noir and chardon... Read more
Distinguished as the first winery on Westside Road in Healdsburg, California, Davis Bynum was the first to produce a single vineyard pinot noir from the Russian River Valley. The vintage was 1973 and the grapes were from Joe Rochioli's now prized vineyard. Today, more than thirty years later, the heritage of Davis Bynum lives on through the hand crafted creation of pinot noir and chardonnay grown exclusively in Russian River Valley. Davis Bynum first flirted with winemaking at home in Berkeley when he was a young reporter working at the San Francisco Chronicle. It was 1951 and he purchased a small amount of petite sirah from Robert Mondavi. Things became a bit more serious in 1965 when he transformed a warehouse in Albany into a small winery, where he made wine using knowledge gained from the extensive library at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1971 Bynum purchased a 26-acre vineyard in Napa Valley with the intention to build a winery. Restrictions on construction in the area led him away from that venture and into Sonoma County in 1973, where he found an 84-acre piece of land that quickly became Davis Bynum Winery. Davis established a quality reputation for the winery, in large part due to solid relationships with the local community of growers. Grapes from great vineyards, often based on hand-shake agreements, along with "intuitive winemaking", as he refers to it, led the winery to become synonymous with distinctive Russian River Valley pinot noirs and chardonnays. Eventually, acclaim for Bynum wines, along with other area producers, won Russian River Valley recognition as one of the worlds' very best for these varieties. In August 2007, ready to retire from the day-to-day activities of running a winery, Davis sold the winery to Tom Klein and the Klein family, a fourth generation California farming family. The focus on Russian River Valley remains the same and the goal to produce excellent chardonnay and pinot noir is unchanged. Bynum agreed to stay with the brand for three years, providing insight and support. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Davis Bynum Pinot Noir

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 11/19/2012

This is a little tight on the nose with clean, focused oak aromas balanced by cut plum and black cherry fruit. There's a lot of wine here, though it's not at all heavy. Gentle mocha shadings greet the palate with a nicely integrated structural elements supporting the black cherry and lightly plummy fruit on the palate. There are some strawberry yogurt notes on the back end along with some peppery wood spice that draws out the strawberry candy and black cherry-toned finish. Not rustic but perhaps a bit of a throw back style. Has its appeal, though. 89pts


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Snooth User: Winecast
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 02/21/2011

Dark garnet in color with aromas of black cherry, earth, sage and fennel. Tight raspberry fruit flavors with nutmeg and a mineral note finishing with moderate tannins. Needs a bit more time in the cellar to come around or 2 hours in a decanter.


Snooth User: pgilna
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2008 05/24/2011

Came across this for the first time at Bistro by the Tracks in Knoxville, TN (great wine selection!). We were smitten! Bought 6 bottles from MadWine in WA. We shared it with guests this weekend and they too were smitten! I don't regard myself as an expert, but I think this wine just works.


External Reviews for Davis Bynum Pinot Noir

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Vintage: 2011 08/08/2013

The color and flavor are both dark and rich. Fruits on the palate are strawberries and cherries, but both are dark, very ripe, even a little bruised. Wood provides a sweet background of vanilla and almond. Tannins are sweet and old, acids mild to match.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 05/02/2013

The 2010 Pinot Noir is full of Russian River exuberance. Juicy dark cherries, cola, flowers and new leather burst from the glass as this racy, polished Pinot shows off its undeniably appealing, sexy personality. Medium in body, the 2010 possesses gorgeous mid-palate pliancy and a generous finish laced with sweet floral and spice notes. Anticipated maturity: 2013–2016.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 05/02/2013

A delicious Pinot Noir to drink now. Soft and savory, it shows appealing raspberry, cherry and spice flavors, accented with the vanilla and toast of oak. Defines Russian River Pinot Noir in its easiest form.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 04/12/2011

Davis Bynum pinot noir is driven by vineyard sites. True to long-established form, it remains a very food friendly wine, with bright fruit aromas and flavors, a silky texture and a very long finish. O


External Review
Vintage: 2008 10/20/2010

90 Points - Wine Spectator"Rich and full-bodied, with a pleasurable mix of black cherry, wild berry and mocha flavors that are intense, concentrated, focused and persistent, ending with a long finish. Drink now through 2015. 6,500 cases made." -James Laube


External Review
Vintage: 2008 10/22/2010

Davis Bynum pinot noir is driven by vineyard sites. True to long-established form, it remains a very food friendly wine, with bright fruit aromas and flavors, a silky texture and a very long finish. Our Russian River Valley blend takes a series of exceptional vineyards and combines them to create a classic wine that captures all the regional traits.



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