Davis Bynum

866.442.7547 PO Box 6010
Healdsburg, CA 95448
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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 Read more »

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  • Merlot

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Davis Bynum Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2006

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    Wine review by napagirl68


  • Davis Bynum Pinot Noir Russian River Valley le Pinot 2007

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    A little hot on the nose with lots of sweet fruit, cola, a touch of citrus, roast meat and oak. This is a big, powerful style of Pinot with a chewy texture and dark, muscular fruit, there are nice black spice tones to compliment the jammy cherry and sweet blackberry pie toned fruit. Tannic and powerful this follows through on the finish with l... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Davis Bynum Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2007

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    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. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Davis Bynum Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2007

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    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... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • What Wine for Thanksgiving Snooth Panel Tasting Program blind tastes West ... ... ... RRV 14.3%B)    2006 Davis Bynum RRV 14.9%C)    2007 Rodney Strong RRV 14.4%Flight 4A)    2007 Alma Rosa Santa Rita Hills 14.5%B)    2006 Stoller JV Estate Dundee Hills 14.5%C)    2006 Saxon Brown Parmelee Hill Son. Valley 14.5%Just in time for Thanksgivin... Read More

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  • Wines tasted in this reportFlight 1A)2006 Ponzi A Tavola Willamette Valley ... ... RRV 14.3% 93ptsB)2006 Davis Bynum RRV 14.9% 88ptsC)2007 Rodney Strong RRV 14.4% NRFlight 4A)2007 Alma Rosa Santa Rita Hills 14.5% 86ptsB)2006 Stoller JV Estate Dundee Hills 14.5% 92ptsC)2006 Saxon Brown Parmelee Hill Son. Valley 14.5% 93ptsI've just... Read More

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  • What Wine for Thanksgiving Snooth Panel Tasting Program blind tastes West ... ... ... RRV 14.3%B)    2006 Davis Bynum RRV 14.9%C)    2007 Rodney Strong RRV 14.4%Flight 4A)    2007 Alma Rosa Santa Rita Hills 14.5%B)    2006 Stoller JV Estate Dundee Hills 14.5%C)    2006 Saxon Brown Parmelee Hill Son. Valley 14.5%Just in time for Thanksgivin... Read More

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  • Davis Bynum Pinot Noir Russian River Valley le Pinot 2006

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    Smells a bit soapy at first with a very floral character. With air Syrah like black pepper, beef, dried hay, violet and floral tones emerge. Atypical, and a bit raw woody at first then much more typical heavy vanilla and candied cola notes emerge with the candied black cherry fruit. Pretty fresh and pure raspberry in the mouth with lovely tan... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • What Wine for Thanksgiving – Snooth Panel Tasting Program blind tastes ... B)    2006 Davis Bynum RRV 14.9% C)    2007 Rodney Strong RRV 14.4% Flight 4 A)    2007 Alma Rosa Santa Rita Hills 14.5% B)    2006 Stoller JV Estate Dundee Hills – 14.5% C)    2006 Saxon Brown Parmelee Hill Son. Valley – 14.5% Just in time for Thanksgiving I convened S... Read More

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