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Impressive structure, not your typical California style Merlot. Laureles Vineyard is located on the hillside directly behind the winery, overlooking the Russian River and valley below. All grapes are grown on vertical trellis systems in very rocky soil. This stresses the vines, reducing production concentrating fruit levels. This wine displays the back-bone and structure that will reward cellaring.
The Davis Bynum Winery story begins in 1951 when Davis Bynum, then a young newspaper man for the San Francisco Chronicle, bought 50 pounds of grapes from Robert Mondavi and made 3.5 gallons of petite sirah. It wasn't a great wine, says Davis, but then we drank it all before it was six months old!
In 1971, Davis acquired vineyard land in the Napa Valley, near St. Helena. After...Read More About Davis Bynum
Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...Read More About Sonoma County
No second fiddle
Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...Read More About Merlot
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