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2018 Davis Bynum Clone 667
The temperature during the 2018 growing season was very mild with low precipitation, only 23 inches of rain. Only nine days over 90F were recorded and none over 100F. Picking started a week later than it did for the much warmer 2017 vintage. Very cool and overcast mornings predominated early September and our harvest as we hand-picked the grapes in the early morning of September 11.
Our 2018 Clone 667 Pinot Noir opens with a savory aromatic mix of bramble, spice, damp oak and chocolate, while the flavors show ripe plum and dried herbs with a rich, oily mouthfeel, and finishes balanced with lingering oak and spice flavors.
2017 Davis Bynum Clone 23
The local record for precipiation 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 irregular, with 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.
The 2017 Clone 23 Pinot Noir has a medium-deep red hue with candied black cherry, crushed violet, loamy earth and plum aromas and flavors with a beautiful balanced acidity and rich mouthfeel. The lush earthy minerality on the palate is balanced nicely with a touch of toasty baking spices on the finish. This elegant wine has silky tannins with a long, fresh velvety finish. Pair this delicious Pinot Noir with beef tartare, smoked salmon or chanterelle mushroom and sausage pizza.