No pinot should be opened before it’s time!  In this case, it’s been sleeping for a few years, so I think the 2009 David Bynum Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is safe to be consumed.

This is what I consider to be the now classic Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.  It i big and rich, and full of chewy black cherries.  After a pass through my trusty Soiree however, the wine opened up to some sarsaparilla and pomegranate notes and was much calmer.

While this is a large and robust pinot, RRV is tending that way.  I think there are two primary reasons for this:  Firstly, the global climate shift has changed weather patterns and made the area have more degree days than in previous years.  Secondly, the palate of the masses likes a bolder pinot, tending towards syrah.  This is similar to areas like the Santa Lucia Highlands, as well as the Santa Ynez Valley, made famous by Miles & Jack.  There is a lightness of raspberry and bright red fruit hiding under all of that chewy cherry, but it’s dampened by the bitter quinine finish.  The baking spices are strong, especially the clove notes which numb the tongue a touch.

This is certainly a candidate for decanting, as well as aeration, but could use some serious opening up time.

For $30, it’s averagely priced, but I’d like to see this about the $20 range.  At  14.9% AVB it’s also going to knock your socks off if you’re not careful!  If you can find it for less than retail, and you enjoy a larger pinot, you should TRY THIS!

 This wine was provided by Rodney Strong, paretn company of Davis Bynum, for consideration and sipping.  It’s been hiding in my cellar so it’s aged to perfection!

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