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2011-davis-bynum-janes-vineyard-pinot-noir-300dpiDavis Bynum has been making single-vineyard Pinot Noir since 1973 – the first winery to do so in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. There is always something special about a wine sourced from a continuous plot – something Burgundy winemakers have known for centuries! Today’s wine, a graceful offering from a very dry vintage, shows great delicacy and charm.

2014 Pinot Noir, Davis Bynum, Jane’s Vineyard $35 srp

A light garnet color. Intense and focused wild cherry/raspberry nose. Sinus-filling with a creamy, smoky sassafras element reminiscent of cola (but in the best way). Lithe, bright, medium-bodied flavors with a lean mouth texture, strawberry/cherry fruit and a peppery finish. Gentle and pleasing, the acidity seems a touch high. Short-term cellaring suggested. Drink 2017-2020.

89/100 points

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Arturo Ciompi

Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.

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