Davis Bynum is a part of the Rodney Strong empire, producing wines primarily grown within the Russian River Valley, with pinot noir a selected focus. We acquired 4 wines from the operation for evaluation, two whites and two from its pinot assortment.
2018 Davis Bynum Chardonnay River West Winery – I gained’t pull punches. This Russian River chardonnay tastes bizarre, overloaded with vanilla and saccharine nougat notes, which collectively masks a obscure industrial character. Baked pear notes cleared the path towards a barely undercooked, doughy end. The physique is unusually skinny contemplating the punch of sweetness and fruit, and whereas it grew on my barely over the course of half a glass, I by no means warmed as much as its weird composition. C- / $25
2020 Davis Bynum Sauvignon Blanc Virginia’s Block – Jane’s Winery – Numerous ammonia up high right here, making for a pungent method to kick off a wine that finally settles right into a groove of mildly sweetened lemonade, coconut water, and a touch of lime leaf. As with the chardonnay, the physique appears unusually gentle on acidity, although there’s sufficient tartness right here and there to offer it life as a (spicy) dinner companion. By itself, nonetheless, the wine tends to fall a bit flat. B / $25
2018 Davis Bynum Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – An approachable however considerably underdeveloped pinot noir from the usually powerhouse Russian River, this wine has a little bit of a doughy texture, which is barely dissonant in opposition to the underbelly of cranberry and black cherry that provides the wine its berry-forward countenance. Some tannin creeps in on the again finish, which provides some gravitas, however the wine nonetheless by no means absolutely brings its varied components into full focus. As a sipper to experience together with a easy dinner, although, it really works properly sufficient. B+ / $35
2019 Davis Bynum Pinot Noir Dutton Ranches – An upscale single winery pinot from Davis Bynum, from the Inexperienced Valley AVA which neighbors the Russian River. Greater in physique than the everyday pinot noir — even from this area — and once more brief on acidity, a working theme on this roundup. There’s loads of brambly fruit within the combine — blackberry and blueberry, touched with cherry notes — with notes of tea leaf and cola folding in some nuance. Some much-needed brightness would assist to raise the expertise, however as is it stands, there’s sufficient complexity to advantage a glance. B+ / $58