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.
The local record for precipitation was set during the winter and spring of 2016–2017 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.
With our inaugural vintage of this bottling, 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 the north and central Russian River vineyards, against the bright fruit and racy acidity from the south and western vineyards. Blending was completed in the late spring, after the wines fermented and subsequently aged separately for about 8 months. Half of the blend was fermented with native yeast. We like our Pinot Noir to have a sense of place, terroir, and we feel this shows the best of the Russian River Valley.
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. Grilled salmon, portobello mushrooms, lamb shanks, spinach salad and medium to sharp cheeses would all be beautifully paired with this Pinot Noir.
- 90% Russian River Valley
- 10% Petaluma Gap
- pH: 3.56
- TA: 0.63g/100mL
- ALCOHOL: 14.5%