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Davis Bynum

Owner(s) Rodney Strong Wine Estates
Web site www.davisbynum.com
 
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Davis Bynum established the first winery on Westside Road and was the first to produce a single-vineyard Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley (1973). When Davis Bynum Winery was sold to Thomas George Estates, the Davis Bynum label was acquired by Tom Klein and the Klein family, a fourth generation California farming family (Rodney Strong Wine Estates). 2013 marks the 40-year anniversary of Davis Bynum's first single vineyard Pinot Noir.

The initial focus was on the Russian River Valley featuring fruit blended from Backbone Vineyard, Crinella Ranch and Garfield Ranch. With the 2011 vintage, Davis Bynum recommitted to producing single vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines only. The winemaker is Greg Morthole.

Davis Bynum is still actively promoting his former label by public appearances and participation in tastings.

Reviewed Wines

2011 Davis Bynum Jane’s Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $35. 107 acres of Pinot Noir in the Santa Rosa plain region of the Russian River Valley. Clones 113, 114, 115, 777, 667, 2A and 23 planted in shallow, well-drained, low-vigor, gravelly loam soil. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels. Winemaker is Greg Morthole. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Russian River Valley signature Bing cherry and spice on the nose. Soft, smooth and pleasing, with mid weight flavors of cherry pie, cola and baking spice. Plenty of dark cherry shows up on the lengthy finish which leaves a tease of oak in its wake. Score: 89. Reviewed November 9, 2013 ARTICLE »