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Redline Cellars, LLC USD 23.99 750ml

Davis Bynum River West Vineyard Chardonnay 2011

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Full and warm lemon, grapefruit and apricot aromas with a hint of lemon zest and a touch of cream. Flavors are big and bold, leading with green apple and more lemon and mellowing into a spicy herbal thyme and lemon zest refresher with more grapefruit and refreshing acidity. You would do well to serve this one with a creamy textured soup or creamy cheese to cut through some of the acidity but it's well made and an enjoyable bottle on its own as well.

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Varietal: Chardonnay
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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 River West Vineyard Chardonnay

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
8346475,938
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 11/06/2014

Full and warm lemon, grapefruit and apricot aromas with a hint of lemon zest and a touch of cream. Flavors are big and bold, leading with green apple and more lemon and mellowing into a spicy herbal thyme and lemon zest refresher with more grapefruit and refreshing acidity. You would do well to serve this one with a creamy textured soup or creamy cheese to cut through some of the acidity but it's well made and an enjoyable bottle on its own as well.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,927
4.00 5
03/17/2014

Smokey and oaky on the nose with some apple skin and lemon pith notes, and perhaps a suggestion of passion fruit peel adding complexity. Big and bright on entry, then showing a hint of sweetness as the apple, lime pith and slightly pink grapefruit tinged flavors unfold on the palate. there’s some buttery oak here as well along with toasty nuts and caramel all coming together with a fair amount of power. this is not a subtle wine and fills the palate with flavor then turns rather bright and juicy on the refreshing if not terribly long finish. oaky on the nose, in your ace fruit on the palate and a squirt of refreshing acid cleans up the finish. Be prepared. 89pts


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Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
8346475,938
4.50 5
Vintage: 2012 11/06/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,927
4.50 5
03/17/2014

Four and a half glasses



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