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Davis Bynum Pinot Noir Jane's Vineyard 2012

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Pinot Noir is known as one of the most difficult varietals to grow and make well. We feel fortunate that Jane’s Vineyard is located in one of the finest corners of Russian River Valley. From there we choose carefully amongst the blocks, and select only the clones of Pinot Noir that we feel are the most classic expression of what this “heartbreak grape” can really show. Gentle handling, sorting and fermentation, followed by aging in our favorite French oak barrels, allow the distinctive nature of these fickle, fog shrouded and utterly enchanting grapes to shine. Russian River Valley Pinot Noir expresses itself differently depending on location, site specifics, and the nature of the vines themselves. Jane’s Vineyard is in the golden triangle of the “Santa Rosa plain” region of the valley, just southwest of Windsor and centered on the intersection of Olivet and River roads. is small area tends to enjoy the very best of the iconic local climate; never too hot during the day, and consistently chilly at night. Jane’s Vineyard shows superior vine balance thanks to its well-drained, shallow and inherently low vigor soils. The 2012 winter was warm and dry, which continued well into the spring. Consequently, the buds at Jane’s Vineyard pushed a little earlier than usual, and the vines set a little more fruit. e above average yields moderated the speed of ripening, though the daily summer temperatures were warm. A cool spell in mid-September stalled sugar accumulation in the fruit, and meant that even in a warmer year, we hand-picked our fruit slightly later than originally expected, harvesting different blocks from mid to late September. We ferment our wines with native yeasts, which come in on the grapes from the vineyard. e native yeasts eventually give way to other yeast species that finish the fermentation, and due to the variety give the wine extra complexity. The 2012 Jane’s Vineyard Pinot was aged in French oak, from a small variety of coopers, 30% of which was new. Malolactic fermentation ensued in the barrels and was finished by late December. Individual blocks from Jane’s Vineyard, which were kept separate through fermentation and the first few months of barrel aging, were blended in the early spring. Our desire is to make a Pinot that is delicious on its own, or that pairs with a hearty meal, a wine that is interesting to talk about, or just to enjoy. The Pinot grown here has a delicate balance between the acidity and richness in the finished wine, with a unique character that comes from making a wine from one vineyard.The 2012 Jane’s Vineyard Pinot Noir has a medium red hue, with cranberry, cherry, tea and dusty oak aromas up front, followed by some cola, mocha and cocoa a rewards. The flavors are reddish in tone, with cherry, rhubarb and some loamy notes. e body is balanced with acidity, and shows some sweet oak flavors towards the finish. The 2012 Jane’s Vineyard Pinot will pair well with a range of dishes from hearty beef stew with vegetables to salmon or anything with mushrooms, pork, or wild game.

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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

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Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464713,564
4.00 5
12/08/2014

Velvety smooth aromas of ripe cherries, crushed violets and loamy earth. Fruit forward and spice driven approach to this wine, with candied plum, dried red cherries, clove, a hint of herbal syrup, dried oregano, and raspberries on the finish. A great wine for lovers of spicy Pinot Noir. 88 pts.


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Pinot Noir is known as one of the most difficult varietals to grow and make well. We feel fortunate that Jane’s Vineyard is located in one of the finest corners of Russian River Valley. From there we choose carefully amongst the blocks, and select only the clones of Pinot Noir that we feel are the most classic expression of what this “heartbreak grape” can really show. Gentle handling, sorting and fermentation, followed by aging in our favorite French oak barrels, allow the distinctive nature of these fickle, fog shrouded and utterly enchanting grapes to shine. Russian River Valley Pinot Noir expresses itself differently depending on location, site specifics, and the nature of the vines themselves. Jane’s Vineyard is in the golden triangle of the “Santa Rosa plain” region of the valley, just southwest of Windsor and centered on the intersection of Olivet and River roads. is small area tends to enjoy the very best of the iconic local climate; never too hot during the day, and consistently chilly at night. Jane’s Vineyard shows superior vine balance thanks to its well-drained, shallow and inherently low vigor soils. The 2012 winter was warm and dry, which continued well into the spring. Consequently, the buds at Jane’s Vineyard pushed a little earlier than usual, and the vines set a little more fruit. e above average yields moderated the speed of ripening, though the daily summer temperatures were warm. A cool spell in mid-September stalled sugar accumulation in the fruit, and meant that even in a warmer year, we hand-picked our fruit slightly later than originally expected, harvesting different blocks from mid to late September. We ferment our wines with native yeasts, which come in on the grapes from the vineyard. e native yeasts eventually give way to other yeast species that finish the fermentation, and due to the variety give the wine extra complexity. The 2012 Jane’s Vineyard Pinot was aged in French oak, from a small variety of coopers, 30% of which was new. Malolactic fermentation ensued in the barrels and was finished by late December. Individual blocks from Jane’s Vineyard, which were kept separate through fermentation and the first few months of barrel aging, were blended in the early spring. Our desire is to make a Pinot that is delicious on its own, or that pairs with a hearty meal, a wine that is interesting to talk about, or just to enjoy. The Pinot grown here has a delicate balance between the acidity and richness in the finished wine, with a unique character that comes from making a wine from one vineyard.The 2012 Jane’s Vineyard Pinot Noir has a medium red hue, with cranberry, cherry, tea and dusty oak aromas up front, followed by some cola, mocha and cocoa a rewards. The flavors are reddish in tone, with cherry, rhubarb and some loamy notes. e body is balanced with acidity, and shows some sweet oak flavors towards the finish. The 2012 Jane’s Vineyard Pinot will pair well with a range of dishes from hearty beef stew with vegetables to salmon or anything with mushrooms, pork, or wild game.

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