Pinot Noir

Clone 115 - Jane's Vineyard
Russian Rivery Valley Sonoma County

55.00 750ml

Taste Profile

Our 2018 Clone 115 Pinot Noir opens with both fresh and dried cherry aromas, and a complex mix of cocoa powder and loamy earth. Dried cherry flavors combine with leather, plum and a slight note of tobacco as the acidity and tannins create pleasing structure which lasts through the long finish.


Davis Bynum wines showcase terroir, differences in flavor from distinct sites in the Russian River Valley. The Clone 115 Pinot comes from a small, 20 year old parcel growing at our Jane's vineyard, in a neighborhood called the Santa Rosa Plains in the heart of the Russian River Valley. The vine rows are oriented north and south, so the clusters get excellent exposure on both sides. Warm days allow the fruit to ripen while the cool nights allow the vines retain acidity, which makes the Russian River Valley a world class winegrowing region.


We hand-picked this block of Pinot Noir clone 115 and filled small tanks with the destemmed fruit. As fermentation progressed, one particular tank stood out for it's higher quality. Native yeast fermentation followed by native malolactic fermentation gave the wine a lot of complexity with the distinctive cherry and rose petal characteristics of clone 115 at it's heart. Fermentation took about 8 days, while an extra 2 days on the skins provided supple tannin structure and balance, which is the core of our desired style.

Harvest Date
September 15, 2018
Avg. Brix at Harvest
25.4 Brix
Oak Aging
15 months in French oak barrels, 19% new
.53 g/100mL
Huichica: shallow, fast draining gravelly loams
The Harvest
The temperature during the 2018 growing season was very mild with low precipitation, only 23 inches of rain. Only nine days over 90F were recorded and none over 100F. Picking started a week later than it did for the much warmer 2017 vintage. Very cool and overcast mornings predominated early September and our harvest as we hand-picked the grapes in the early morning of September 15.
Produced Appellation
Russian Rivery Valley
Clone 115 - Jane's Vineyard
Greg Morthole
Huichica: shallow, fast draining gravelly loams
Oak Aging
15 months in French oak barrels, 19% new

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