2018 Pinot Noir
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 18.
Our Lindleys Knoll Pinot Noir comes from a very small selection of our Janes Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. We employed different fermentation methods including 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.
Davis Bynum Pinot Noirs showcase terroir, differences in flavor from distinct sites in the Russian River Valley. The Lindley's Knoll Pinot comes from a block growing in clay loam soils at our Jane's vineyard, in a neighborhood called the Santa Rosa Plain in the heart of the Russian River Valley. It's planted to a Swiss clone of Pinot Noir, called Wadenswil 2A, which was planted about 20 years ago. Warm days allow the fruit to ripen while the cool nights allow the vines retain acidity, which makes the Russian River Valley a world class winegrowing region.
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