Vineyard: Bybee

OwnersGerald Bybee, Shaun Bybee
AppellationRussian River Valley
VarietiesPinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2014 Red Car Sonoma Coast Rosé of Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., $28. Backbone is from the biodynamically farmed Bybee Vineyard in Sebastopol Hills. Pinot Noir was harvested at 21º Brix, whole cluster pressed off skins immediately, and fermented with wild yeast in a mix of stainless steel and French oak. · Delicate orange color in the glass. An exceptional rosé with a fragrant perfume of strawberries and blood orange juice and flavors of Rainier cherry, strawberry, and yellow peach. Bright, crisp and bone dry, with a lip-smacking finish that begs another sip. Chill, serve, chill. Score: 91. Reviewed May 14, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 B Vineyard & Habitat Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Rosé

13.0% alc., 115 cases, $24. Whole cluster pressed, cold fermented. · Pale pink in color. Shy nose featuring red berries and baking spice. Bright strawberry flavors with a touch of watermelon. Very elegant, clean and crisp. Reviewed May 26, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 B Vineyards & Habitat Rosé of Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 120 cases, $24. · A dry rosé with an appealing light crimson color, this is a thoroughly satisfying aperitif or summer food wine. The flavors are driven by red fruits, primarily ripe strawberries, with a hint of spice and herbs. Strawberry Fields Forever. Reviewed July 9, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 B Vineyards & Habitat Green Valley/Russian River Valley Estate Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 336 cases, $55. The organically-grown fruit for this wine was hand-picked over six mornings within a 2½ week span. After de-stemming, a 3-5 day cold soak ensued. Sulfur additions were kept to the bare minimum even after MLF. The bottled wines contain less than 100 ppm total sulfur - below the maximum allowed for organically certified wines. A proprietor’s select Pinot Noir, “Sera,” less than 150 cases, is also produced (I will report on this in a future issue). · Charming demure aromas of red berries with a touch of barnyard. Solid core of black raspberry and cherry fruit with a woodsy bent. Soft and smooth with elegance to spare. Still weighted-down by noticeable, but gentle tannins, and still a bit closed. Outstanding potential, but not ready for prime time for another 6-12 months. Reviewed April 7, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 B Vineyards & Habitat Green Valley/Russian River Valley Estate Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 210 cases, $55. Hand picked, carefully sorted grapes underwent de-stemming, cold-soak and gentle pressing using a small Italian basket press. The wine was aged 10 months in caves using lightly toasted new and used French oak barriques, and bottled-aged 6 months before release. · This is one great Pinot powered by wild strawberries, cherries and exotic oak highlights in the aromas and flavors. A hint of root beer adds interest. The texture is supple and there is plenty of bright acidity. This is one of those Pinots that you can sniff for 20 minutes after the glass is emptied and only a small dollop remains in the bottom. You simply can’t take your nose out of the glass. Dreamy musk, crushed cherries, spice and freshly-sanded mahogany waft from the glass. It is enough to make a grown man smile from ear to ear. Reviewed July 9, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »