Davis Bynum Pinot Noir Russian River Valley le Pinot 2004

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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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07/30/2007

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External Reviews for Davis Bynum Pinot Noir Russian River Valley le Pinot

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Source: CityWineCellar.com
01/15/2010

This wine is a classic example of Russian River Valley pinot noir. Medium-bodied, with ultra-fine tannins and just enough acidity to maintain structure. Fruit driven, with ripe strawberry and a hint of red licorice. A food friendly wine that pairs well with tuna, salmon, grilled chicken or pork. Ready to drink now.


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Source: CityWineCellar.com
10/15/2009

Davis Bynum Pinot Noir Russian River Lindley's Knoll Estate Vineyard 2004


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
03/20/2009

This is a very unique and rare wine. Davis Bynum has been producing exceptional Pinot Noirs, both single vineyard and blends from the Russian River Valley since 1973 when they sourced from the famed Rochioli vineyard. Today, more than thirty years later, the tradition continues with beautiful hand crafted Pinot Noir from the valley's best vineyards. This wine is a blend of grapes from two vineyards; 58% Lindley’s Knoll which is a hillside vineyard and 42% Moshin vineyard which lies on the benchland. The grapes were vinified separately and blended into a silky, fruit laden wine with extraordinary finesse and style. Now with two years of bottle age it has softened and evolved into something complex and wonderful. Only 314 cases were produced so needless to say it is VERY LIMITED. Grab it!


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
04/08/2009

This is a very unique and rare wine. Davis Bynum has been producing exceptional Pinot Noirs, both single vineyard and blends from the Russian River Valley since 1973 when they sourced from the famed Rochioli vineyard. Today, more than thirty years later, the tradition continues with beautiful hand crafted Pinot Noir from the valley's best vineyards. This wine is a blend of grapes from two vineyards; 58% Lindley’s Knoll which is a hillside vineyard and 42% Moshin vineyard which lies on the benchland. The grapes were vinified separately and blended into a silky, fruit laden wine with extraordinary finesse and style. Now with two years of bottle age it has softened and evolved into something complex and wonderful. Only 314 cases were produced so needless to say it is VERY LIMITED. Grab it! Wine Spectator Vintage Rating: 94<small>not sponsored by or affiliated with The Wine Spectator or The Wine Advocate</></small>



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