A Pinot Day

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Rodney Strong Vineyards.

Who loves Pinot Noir? Me me me me! (Picture me jumping up and down with my hand up in the air.) I recently had the good fortune of participating in a Taste Live event focused on Pinot Noir from 3 different AVAs in Sonoma. Among them was the current vintage of the wine I tasted last night. Get that? This post is about the previous vintage, though I also tasted the current vintage last week. Today’s wine is the 2008 Davis Bynum Pinot Noir. The wine clocks in at 14.9% alcohol by volume, has a real cork closure, and the current 2009 vintage retails for $30

On the nose I found pepper, cherry, raspberry, herbs, and clove. In the mouth I got red berries, cherry, raspberries, spice, and lots of herbal notes on the finish. Excellent acidity complements the juicy red fruit notes and makes for a delicious bottle of wine.

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3 Responses

  1. I haven’t found a Pinot that i like but this surely sounds like a winner.

  2. Try the Chateau Souverain Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($30) or the David Bruce Pinot Noir ($25), they’re both very good. I’ll have to try the Rodney Strong though. I’m still cellaring a 2000 Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon I tried in 2002 and it was awesome then – need to open this up soon…

  3. Oh, you haven’t tried the right ones yet KWB! There are lots of awesome Pinots out there.

    I’ve had the David Bruce before Witless. Nice little bottle. That 2000 should be aging nicely!

    Thanks for the comments!

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