The temperature during the 2018 growing season was very mild with uncharacteristically low precipitation at only 23 inches of rain. Very few days exceeded 90F which resulted in a prolonged hang time to allow the flavors and sugars to properly develop. Harvest began a week later than the much warmer 2017 vintage with cool and overcast mornings, with the fruit being hand picked in the early morning of September 15.
We hand-picked this block of Pinot Noir Clone 115 and filled small tanks with the destemmed fruit. As fermentation progressed, one particular tank stood out for its exceptional quality. Native yeast fermentation followed by malolactic fermentation gave the wine a great deal of complexity with the
distinctive cherry and rose petal characteristics of Clone 115. 8 days of fermentation followed by an additional 2 days on the skins provided supple tannin structure and balance, which is at the heart of our desired style.
Davis Bynum is distinguished as the first winery to produce a single vineyard Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley. The vintage was 1973 and the grapes were from Joe Rochiolis now prized vineyard. Today, our heritage of winemaking lives on through hand-crafted single vineyard wines grown exclusively in the Russian River Valley.
Our Clone 115 Pinot Noir comes from a small, 20 year old parcel growing at our Janes Vineyard in a neighborhood called the Santa Rosa Plains in the heart of the Russian River Valley. The vine rows are intentionally oriented north and south so the clusters receive excellent exposure on both sides. Warm days allow the fruit to ripen while the cool nights allow the vines to retain acidity, making the Russian River Valley a world class winegrowing region.