Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley, Green Valley, Petaluma Gap
Russian River Valley

35.00 750ml

Taste Profile

Red cherry and plum aromas with spicy floral and subtle oak lead to a rich mouthful of fruit flavors and velvety tannins with vibrant acidity and berry fruit on the finish.


Davis Bynum Pinot Noir showcases terroir: differences in flavor from distinct sites in the Russian River Valley. Our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir blends the characters of three distinct Russian River Valley neighborhoods and select blocks from the Petaluma Gap to create a wine with richness, balance and complexity. The darker fruit tones, richer mouthfeel and velvety tannins come from fruit grown in the warmer climate of the Santa Rosa Plains with its clay-rich soils underlain by volcanic ash. The fruit grown on the sandy soil of the warm Middle Reach neighborhood on Westside Road add to the spice, floral and red cherry fruit tones. The fruit from vineyards in the much cooler Green Valley neighborhood add fresh blueberry and vibrant acidity from the lauded Goldridge sandy loam soils. And a select piece from our hillside vineyard in the Petaluma Gap, within view of San Pablo Bay, adds racy acidity and briary
fruit to the blend.


Winemaking is light handed, with timely and deliberate choices made to craft a wine that genuinely reflects the vineyard and vintage. We like our Pinot delicate and graceful, with all elements in balance. We strive for complexity and interest, and above all deliciousness. All of the blocks at Janes Vineyard are hand-picked in the early morning hours and de-stemmed mostly to stainless steel tanks with a small amount in puncheons, macro bins and small concrete tanks. Cold soaking takes for about 5 days, followed by fermentation with native yeasts for extra complexity. The 2016 Janes Vineyard Pinot Noir was aged for a year in 87% French and 13% Hungarian oak barrels from the finest coopers, 25% of which were new. Malolactic fermentation ensued in the barrels and was finished by late March.

Harvest Date
Avg. Brix at Harvest
26.1 Brix
Oak Aging
12 months in French and Hungarian Oak
The Harvest
The local record for precipitation was set during the winter and spring of 20162017 as waves of showers swept over northern California, eventually ending with 60+ inches of rain for the season, twice what we normally get. Consequently, flowering was irregular, but the crop set well, with lower yields than average. The summer was warm to hot, with sunny days in the Russian River Valley punctuated by heat spikes, and
elevated nighttime temperatures leading up to harvest.
Produced Appellation
Russian River Valley
Russian River Valley, Green Valley, Petaluma Gap
Greg Morthole, David Ramey (consulting)
Oak Aging
12 months in French and Hungarian Oak

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