Lindley's Knoll

2017 Pinot Noir

58.00 / 750mL


Winemaking Notes

The local record for precipitation was set during the winter and spring of 2016-2017 as waves of showers swept over northern California, resulting in twice what we normally get. Consequently, flowering and crop set was irregularwith lower yields than average. The summer was warm to hot, with sunny days in the Russian River Valley punctuated by heat spikes, and elevated nighttime temperatures leading up to harvest.

This is our inaugural vintage of Lindleys Knoll, which comes from a very small selection of our Janes Vineyard. We employed different fermentation methodsincluding the use of small concrete fermentors which added black cherry pie aromas and oak puncheons and macrobins to increase complexity and enhance mouthfeel. The final product is a Pinot Noir which reflects the terroir of the Russian River Valley and the very best of its characteristics.


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.

The Vineyards

Davis Bynum Pinot Noirs showcase the unique terroir of distinct sites in the Russian River Valley. Our Lindley's Knoll Pinot Noir comes from a block in our Jane's Vineyard located in the Santa Rosa Plains area of this AVA. The vines here show moderate vigor in their growth habit, mainly due to the acidic, nutrient poor soil and good drainage. We planted on rootstock that has a shallower rooting angle to match the soil profile. Temperate weather is common at Jane's Vineyard, allowing the fruit to ripen in the warm days, yet retain acidity in cool nighttime temperatures.

Appellation: Russian River Valley
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 14.5%
TA: 0..58 g/100mL
PH: 3.49
Cellar & Fermentation: 14 months in French oak barrels, 4% new
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