Davis 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.