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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  • Chardonnay

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  • Pinot Noir

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  • Zinfandel

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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  • Chardonnay, oh Chardonnay. You really don’t have to be any better, do ... world fruit. 90pts 2011 Davis Bynum Chardonnay River West Vineyard Russian River valley CA 14.5% $20 Smokey and oaky on the nose with some apple skin and lemon pith notes, and perhaps a suggestion of passion fruit peel adding complexity. Big and bright on entry, then sho... Read More

    From the article Searching for Value in Chardonnay


  • Davis Bynum River West Vineyard Chardonnay 2011

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    Smokey and oaky on the nose with some apple skin and lemon pith notes, and perhaps a suggestion of passion fruit peel adding complexity. Big and bright on entry, then showing a hint of sweetness as the apple, lime pith and slightly pink grapefruit tinged flavors unfold on the palate. theres some buttery oak here as well along with toasty nuts an... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • It’s the holiday season and everyone is recommending Pinot Noir again. ... two in the cellar. 89pts2010 Davis Bynum Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 14.5% $25This is a little tight on the nose with clean, focused oak aromas balanced by cut plum and black cherry fruit. There's a lot of wine here, though it's not at all heavy. Gentle mocha shadin... Read More

    From the article Top Pinot Noir Picks


  • Davis Bynum Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2010

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    This is a little tight on the nose with clean, focused oak aromas balanced by cut plum and black cherry fruit. There's a lot of wine here, though it's not at all heavy. Gentle mocha shadings greet the palate with a nicely integrated structural elements supporting the black cherry and lightly plummy fruit on the palate. There are some strawberry ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Please enjoy the trailer on this wonderfully told story of the Russian River ... ... Jr., Burt Williams, Davis Bynum and others.The movie premiers at Rochioli Winery on Oct. 26 to a sold out audience. Please visit the website for locations and times of screenings.This film is an excellent piece for fund raising, wine tastings, winemakers' din... Read More

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  • Davis Bynum Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2007

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    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Davis Bynum Chardonnay Russian River Valley Limited Edition 2008

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    Crisp and lively, this Chardonnay is great from start to finish. I was especially impressed by its ability to surprise and distinguish itself from other California Chardonnays. While the oak and earthy tones are distinct as expected, its clean finish and tropical fruit notes keep it surprisingly balanced and delicious. Read More

    Wine review by Neil Watson


  • Davis Bynum Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2007

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