Showy red cherry and plum aromas with potpourri spice and subtle oak lead to a rich mouthful of fruit flavors and velvety tannins with vibrant acidity and berry fruit on the finish. Grilled salmon, portobello mushrooms, lamb shanks, spinach salad and medium to sharp cheeses would all be beautifully paired with this Pinot Noir.
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.
We blended warmer climate Russian River Pinot Noir with that grown in a cooler area to make a wine with tension between the rich fruit and lush mouthfeel of a centrally located Russian River vineyard, against the bright fruit and racy acidity from the westernmost vineyards. Blending was completed in the summer, after aging the different vineyard blocks separately for about 10 months. About 95% of the blend was fermented with native yeast, and 5% was inoculated for complexity. We like our Pinot Noir to have a sense of place and time, terroir, and therefore this wine shows the fine traits of every vintage that make the Russian River Valley a world class winegrowing region.