Davis Bynum Winery
2005 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir •Laureles Vineyard
Russian River Valley
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. Today the heritage of Davis Bynum lives on through the hand crafted creation of pinot noir and chardonnay grown exclusively in Russian River Valley.
The guiding principle behind the wines of Davis Bynum has always been, and will forever be, to let the land speak, specifically the terroir of Russian River Valley.
Winemaker Greg Morthole
Raised in Sacramento, Greg Morthole attended the University of Wyoming, where he earned a B.S. in Natural Sciences. He entered the wine industry as a Laboratory Analyst at Vinquiry in Windsor, California, then moved to Chalk Hill Winery in 2003 to become an Enologist.
Greg first served as Enologist at Chalk Hill Estate, then joined Rodney Strong Vineyards in 2005 as Lab Director. His innate acumen for winemaking became immediately clear to his peers, and he quickly ascended to Associate Winemaker in late 2007. In the spring of 2010, he was promoted to Winemaker, overseeing all aspects of operations and winemaking for their single vineyard and reserve wines.
Greg says that wine making is a fusion of instinct and what tastes good. With a quiet demeanor and a determined attitude, Greg’s energetic style illustrates how enjoyable he finds winemaking to be.
The Russian River Valley climate is influenced primarily by the regular intrusion of cooling fog from the Pacific Ocean a few miles to the west. Much like the tide, it ebbs and flows through the Petaluma Wind Gap and the channel cut by the Russian River through the coastal hills.
The fog usually arrives in the evening, often dropping the temperature 35 to 40 degrees from its daytime high, and retreats to the ocean the following morning. This natural air-conditioning allows the grapes to develop full flavor maturity over an extended growing season, often 15 to 20 percent longer than neighboring areas, while retaining their all-important natural acidity.
Sustainable Farming Practices
Sustainable farming means we engage in practices that meet the wine-growing needs of the present without threatening the ability of future generations to meet their needs. It differs from organic and biodynamic farming in several ways, most importantly in that it requires continuous improvement, versus simply meeting certain standards.
We are always striving to improve our strategies to conserve energy, water, materials and other resources, along with our practices to prevent pollution and waste. We believe it’s important to do our part for our community today, and for generations to come.
By continually reducing our carbon footprint, we’re aiming to neutralize our winery and vineyards’ carbon impact. Wine starts in the vineyard, which is where we started reducing our greenhouse gases by choosing sustainable farming. We are also certified as Fish Friendly Farmers in all of our vineyards and we’ve turned the roof of our barrel building into a solar power plant.