Wine Spectator 89 points - Smoky oak aromas lead to a mix of grapefruit and green tree fruit flavors that are fresh and snappy. A good bet to gain. Drink now. 10,416 cases made. -JL.April/2018
Russian River Valley Chardonnay expresses itself differently depending on location, site specifics, and the nature of the vines themselves. River West Vineyard is in the “middle reach” region of the valley, which runs just southwest of Healdsburg to the Wohler Bridge in Forestville. This area tends to be slightly warmer than the very cool south-western sub regions. River West Vineyard shows superior vine balance thanks to its well-drained, inherently low vigor soils. Finally, I choose a select variety of Chardonnay “clones” to enhance complexity, while keeping to the food friendly flavor profile that has always been a hallmark of Davis Bynum: a little lighter, without being lean; a little crisper, without being tart; a little more aromatic, without being distracting; and balanced.