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Davis Bynum Chardonnay River West Vineyard Russian River Valley 2014

Editorial Review by Snooth Editorial:

A touch muted with light citrus fruit notes of grapefruit and lemon zest. More fresh citrus on the palate, mostly lemon and grapefruit with some apples and a clean finish.

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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 Chardonnay River West Vineyard Russian River Valley

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Vintage: 2015 07/18/2018

A touch muted with light citrus fruit notes of grapefruit and lemon zest. More fresh citrus on the palate, mostly lemon and grapefruit with some apples and a clean finish.


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

External Review
Vintage: 2015 07/24/2018

Four and a half glasses


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
07/20/2017

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, 34% new. 100% malolactic fermentation, and sur lie aging with plenty of bâtonnage gives the wine a rich, creamy texture and layered complexity. Among other accolades this wine scored 94 points in the Ultimate Wine Challenge who called it "Excellent" and "Highly Recommended". They said "A benchmark in the California Chardonnay style, this wine has bursting aromas toasted hazelnut, lemon skin, vanilla bean, and tart apple. The orchard-esque flavors continue on the palate which has great acidity and impressive richness."


External Review
07/24/2018

Four and a half glasses


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
Vintage: 2013 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."


External Review
Vintage: 2013 07/24/2018

Four and a half glasses



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