Davis Bynum Russian River Chardonnay 2018 75cl


Tasting Note

Four different clones are blended together for their distinct characteristics: Clones 15 and 76 contribute golden apple, pear and mineral notes while the Spring Mountain selection adds floral and tropical notes. These flavours are rounded out by the vanilla and toasty notes imparted by oak barrels. Quite a reductive style with a green-gold colour, talc aromas, a green apple and citrus col-climate char- acter that shows refreshing acidity with the touch of vanilla oak and a little creaminess of texture to balance.


A former journalist for the San Francisco Chron- icle, Davis Bynum is considered one of the original icons of the Russian River Valley. In the 1970s, it was really just him, the Ro- chiolis and the Bacigulupis on Westside Road. He had started out with home winemaking but it was not until 1965, at the age of forty, that he decided to make wine professionally. In 1973, he and his wife, Dorothy moved to an 83 acre property on Westside Road, just south of Healdsburg. Later that year, he made the first ever single-vineyard-designated Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley with grapes purchased from their neighbour, Rochioli Vineyards. In 1978, Bynum hired Gary Farrell to take over winemaking. Long before it was fashionable, Bynum advocated for protecting the en- vironment and farming organically, promoting the Russian River as a premier winegrowing region. In 2007, at the ripe age of 82, he sold to Tom Klein of Rodney Strong Vineyards. Greg Morthole, current winemaker, took on the role in 2010.

Country: USA | Region: Russian River, California | Alcohol: TBC | Grapes: Chardonnay | Family Owned | Vegetarian | Vegan (for 2022 vintage)