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Davis Bynum Chardonnay River West Vineyard Russian River Valley 2013

External Review by WineExpress.com:

Davis Bynum has been producing top quality Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from the Russian River Valley for over four decades. They produced the very first single vineyard Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley- a 1973 Rochioli Vineyard and to this day their focus is on single vineyard wines and the unique expression they bring. The grapes for this wine come from their vineyard adjacent to the Russian River. A selection is made of the best grapes from each block in the vineyard. Fermentation takes place in French oak barrels, 30% new. 100% malolactic fermentation, and sur lie aging with plenty of bâtonnage gives the wine a rich, creamy texture and layered complexity. This Chard scored 97 points in Beverage Dynamics. They said "Rich, buttery, toasty, classic Russian River Chardonnay! A bouquet of baked fruits and spices leads to a creamy texture that coats the palate with flavors of apple, pear and apricot, with a hint of vanilla/butterscotch. There is still a crisp acidity on the finish that adds great length."

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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

External Reviews for Davis Bynum Chardonnay River West Vineyard Russian River Valley

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
07/12/2016

Davis Bynum has been producing top quality Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from the Russian River Valley for over four decades. They produced the very first single vineyard Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley- a 1973 Rochioli Vineyard and to this day their focus is on single vineyard wines and the unique expression they bring. The grapes for this wine come from their vineyard adjacent to the Russian River. A selection is made of the best grapes from each block in the vineyard. Fermentation takes place in French oak barrels, 30% new. 100% malolactic fermentation, and sur lie aging with plenty of bâtonnage gives the wine a rich, creamy texture and layered complexity. This Chard scored 97 points in Beverage Dynamics. They said "Rich, buttery, toasty, classic Russian River Chardonnay! A bouquet of baked fruits and spices leads to a creamy texture that coats the palate with flavors of apple, pear and apricot, with a hint of vanilla/butterscotch. There is still a crisp acidity on the finish that adds great length."




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