Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley

35.00 750ml

Taste Profile

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.

Harvest Date
Sept 11 - Sept 22, 2018
Avg. Brix at Harvest
25.4 Brix
Oak Aging
13 months in French and Hungarian oak barrels, 22% new
The Harvest
2018 had a mild and low precipitation growing season with just under 2 feet of rain. Summer saw a handful of days reaching over 90F but none over 100F at our Jane's Vineyard located in the warmer Santa Rosa Plains neighborhood of the Russian River Valley. Picking started a week later than in the much warmer 2017 vintage with cool and overcast mornings into early September.
Produced Appellation
Russian River Valley
Greg Morthole, David Ramey (consulting)
Oak Aging
13 months in French and Hungarian oak barrels, 22% new

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