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 Vintage2000(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2003 vintage.)
ProducerDavis Bynum (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
VineyardAllen Vineyard
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationRussian River Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2006 (based on 1 user opinion)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 3 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by tobinw on 6/23/2012 & rated 93 points: Still kicking. Strawberries and standard Pinot accents. Delish. (620 views)
 Tasted by beaver on 12/8/2008 & rated 89 points: tasty and a bit of hot zing. (702 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/18/2003 & rated 85 points: Tasted at the Denver offline on 1/18/03.

13% alcohol, this was the fourth wine tasted out of nine. Decanted for approximately two hours at time of tasting.

Light to medium red to the rim. On the nose, this wine smelled of fresh cherries, sweet spice, caramel and undertones of plum. One taster noted vanilla. Very fragrant and intense.

On the palate, this wine tasted of cherry juice, caramel, pine and oak. Medium to full bodied. A relatively long, spicy finish, this wine was very well balanced.

The group rating on this was number two of nine. On my card, I rated it number six because I thought it was too sweet (though I am not sure how much, if any, is because of RS). Mrs. mbansek rated it number two. (878 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Gregory Walter
PinotReport, Issue #6 (9/1/2002)
(Davis Bynum Winery Pinot Noir Allen Vineyard Russian River Valley) Login and sign up and see review text.
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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.

Allen Vineyard

The Allen vineyard is leased and farmed by the Rochioli family, and can therefore technically be labeled "Rochioli Vineyard." In addition the obvious considerations of meticulous farming, location, climate and soil, there may be another factor which contributes to the success of wines produced from the Allen and Rochioli vineyards. These vineyards may be among the oldest vineyards in the Russian River Valley to be planted to the one of the highly desirable "Pommard" clones. Conversely, the vast majority of Pinot Noir vines planted in California during this time were "Martini" clone … a sparkling wine clone not well suited for still red wine production.
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Russian River Valley

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