Davis Bynum Winery
2005 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir • Laureles Vineyard
California: Russian River Valley (Sonoma)
Russian River Purity
Please take careful note here – This is the last time that this wine will be made available at this price – and maybe at all. That said, let me tell you why you should taste this wine: All of the 2005 vintage Davis Bynum Pinots we have shown here have been beyond remarkable. Today’s Bynum from Laureles represents the best of the bunch. This was not our impression when we first tasted the three wines side-by-side. That this wine is now the most impressive of the three tells us something about aging. This wine just needed a few extra months in bottle in order to realize its potential.
In fact, we are so excited at how well it has progressed, that we are recommending that you buy extra bottles to lay down. Drinking beautifully now, we expect that it will continue to progress. Note that there is a little heat on the palate on opening, but this is diminished beautifully with time spent in a decanter. Allow the wine at least 30 minutes of breathing time for maximum enjoyment.
If you love great California Pinot Noir, this is your last chance to purchase this exceptional example. With bright and juicy flavors, an evolving feel and great aromatics, this wine is sure to please.
Beautiful and dark with a hue that change, depending on the lighting. In room lighting, the wine reminds me more of a Bordeaux than a Burgundy. Held up to sunlight, and the wine take on a wholly different look; With light shining through it, wine is deepest pure ruby with garnet at its very heart. Look at it from the top, and you will note its concentrated color – from heart to rim. When I swirl this wine, I observe a tight surface and a core that keeps spinning for a long time. When the wine settles, it leaves behind fat clusters of chubby legs that take a long time to emerge
Lush and deep with a rich and earthy medium intensity. The fruit shine through, delivering a warm rush of red cherry, ripe raspberry, blackberry and soft pomegranate. These sit atop a delicious earthiness with soft forest floor, spice, fresh violets, cedar and the slightest hint of vanilla bean
Perfectly integrated flavors of ripe red cherry, raspberry, pomegranate, blueberry tart and darkest blackberry. These are tempered against hints of soft spice, earthiness and soft vanilla
This wine goes long, starting earthy and soft, and then more rich – but still refined – as the fruit lingers long after you sip, later revealing soft spice and a delicate minerality
What the Winery Says
Davis Bynum Pinot Noir is driven by vineyard sites.
Aromas of plum, cedar, and tobacco leaf lead to flavors of candied cherry and earth, all well integrated in a medium body with a round mouthfeel. This vineyard overlooks the famed Westside Road region from a hill to the west.
Gary’s Vision - “Winemaking in Russian River Valley is a true pleasure. No other region outside of Burgundy stamps as distinct a signature on pinot noir and chardonnay. I see my job as winemaker to naturally guide the fruit through the fermentation process, maturing the wine in the fi nest French oak barrels, all the while retaining the authentic flavors of the region.” Gary Patzwald, Winemaker
VARIETAL: 100% Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Russian River Valley
FERMENTATION DETAILS: Cluster sorted, cool fermentation
ALC. BY VOL.: 13.9%
About the Winery
Davis Bynum is distinguished as the first winery to produce a single vineyard pinot noir from the Russian River Valley. The vintage was 1973 and the grapes were from Joe Rochioli’s now prized vineyard. Today, more than thirty years later, the heritage of Davis Bynum lives on through the hand crafted creation of pinot noir and chardonnay grown exclusively in Russian River Valley.
As the first winery on Westside Road in Healdsburg, California, Davis Bynum was the first to produce a single vineyard pinot noir from the Russian River Valley. The vintage was 1973 and the grapes were from Joe Rochioli’s now prized vineyard. Today, more than thirty years later, the heritage of Davis Bynum lives on through the hand crafted creation of pinot noir and chardonnay grown exclusively in Russian River Valley.
Davis Bynum first flirted with winemaking at home in Berkeley when he was a young reporter working at the San Francisco Chronicle. It was 1951 and he purchased a small amount of petite sirah from Robert Mondavi. Things became a bit more serious in 1965 when he transformed a warehouse in Albany into a small winery, where he made wine using knowledge gained from the extensive library at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1971 Bynum purchased a 26-acre vineyard in Napa Valley with the intention to build a winery. Restrictions on construction in the area led him away from that venture and into Sonoma County in 1973, where he found an 84-acre piece of land that quickly became Davis Bynum Winery.
Davis established a quality reputation for the winery, in large part due to solid relationships with the local community of growers. Grapes from great vineyards, often based on hand-shake agreements, along with “intuitive winemaking”, as he refers to it, led the winery to become synonymous with distinctive Russian River Valley pinot noirs and chardonnays. Eventually, acclaim for Bynum wines, along with other area producers, won Russian River Valley recognition as one of the worlds’ very best for these varieties.
In August 2007, ready to retire from the day-to-day activities of running a winery, Davis sold the winery to Tom Klein and the Klein family, a fourth generation California farming family. The focus on Russian River Valley remains the same and the goal to produce excellent chardonnay and pinot noir is unchanged. Bynum agreed to stay with the brand for three years, providing insight and support.