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Davis Bynum Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2012

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Intense, floral, fruity and sharp as a bell with precise cut citrus tones interwoven with nuanced oak notes. Opening with notes of pollen and honey on the attack this quickly fills the mouth with notes of ripe tropical fruits, a hint of banana, and background notes of honey and almonds that powers through on the long finish. The acidity here is quite lively and really keeps this rather large scaled wine balanced and refreshing. Real crisp wine even though it’s full throttle California Chardonnay 93pts

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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 Russian River Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 10/26/2009

Intense, floral, fruity and sharp as a bell with precise cut citrus tones interwoven with nuanced oak notes. Opening with notes of pollen and honey on the attack this quickly fills the mouth with notes of ripe tropical fruits, a hint of banana, and background notes of honey and almonds that powers through on the long finish. The acidity here is quite lively and really keeps this rather large scaled wine balanced and refreshing. Real crisp wine even though it’s full throttle California Chardonnay 93pts


Member Reviews for Davis Bynum Chardonnay Russian River Valley

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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 10/26/2009

The steely nose still manages to carry some fruit. This is a big, oaky wine with crisp acidity which I don't normally attribute to California Chardonnay. All of the oak I would expect is there, however, and it's as big as it usually is, moving right through from start to the long finish.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 04/11/2010

Tasted at UNLVino 4/10/10


0.00 5
Vintage: 2007 01/31/2012

Great!


Snooth User: 1rockiesfan
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 08/23/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: napagirl68
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/09/2010

Three glasses


External Reviews for Davis Bynum Chardonnay Russian River Valley

External Review
Vintage: 2011 08/08/2013

Spicy chardonnay, with apple and pear aromas. The palate is quite interesting, with round, cinnamon-infected apple crumble notes and a vanilla aftertaste. Rich and full-bodied in true Russin River Valley style.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Bronze Medal



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