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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 6 
TypeRed
ProducerDavis Bynum (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationRussian River Valley
UPC Code(s)087512887459

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2014 (based on 1 user opinion)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.5 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 18 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Scott Butler on 1/5/2012: Medium ruby color, nice nose of spice and red fruits, with good floral components. Medium to light in weight, very restrained in style - yet brimming with flavors. Earth, spice, cranberry/pomegranate, maybe a hint of cinnamon. Excellent acidity, though this is a joy to drink right now.
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 Tasted by arose13 on 10/21/2011 & rated 87 points: c- clear but darker purple. a- tar, cola, pinot, red fruits. f- some oak. raspberry. medium to light mouthfeel and medium finish. (2567 views)
 Tasted by gutt22 on 9/20/2011: 14.5% alcohol. Purple-tinged black cherry color. Initially tight nose that opens up to reveal a dark fruit nose of pomegranate and blackberry. In the mouth, a pleasant wine that is fruit driven, with slightly tart pomegranate and dark berry notes. Some notes of earth and a very nice kick of acidity. Solid finish shows some heat. This is a pleasant enough wine, but it's surprisingly completely devoid of RRV character. You can't tell if this is from Santa Lucia or RRV. B+ (2567 views)
 Tasted by drdebs on 8/21/2011 & rated 90 points: Lovely wine: complex, elegant, and multi-layered. Pure raspberry fruit with hints of cocoa. There is oak, to be sure, but its well-done and not clumsy. Big, bold, and balanced. The finish was cinnamony, but didn't overwhelm the fruit. I enjoyed this quite a bit more than last year, and would consider if good value for the $35 suggested retail, especially if you enjoy the robust RRV style of Pinot. (2640 views)
 Tasted by boreddoughboy on 7/3/2011 & rated 88 points: Great fruit, poor acid balance. (2693 views)
 Tasted by Jason Rzutkiewicz on 6/26/2011 & rated 89 points: (14.5%) Bright fruit on the nose with more of the same on the palate with raspberry and cherries along with a cola acidity which keeps this in fine balance. Coupled with it showing nice layers at this young age and one would guess this one has better years ahead of it. The finish brings the oak (46% new French) along with the creaminess and tart cherries that linger on nicely. A wine ready to drink now or reward you for your patience. 5,000 cases made (1569 views)

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Davis Bynum

Producer website

Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.

USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

California

California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

Sonoma County

Sonoma County Vintners

Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley Winegrowers Association | Wikipedia

 
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