Kathy’s Pick: 2014 Davis Bynum Jane’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River, $24.00

We got a great deal on this Pinot Noir and as I needed one for Thanksgivng dinner, I took a bottle  home. It was a hit. In 1973, when Davis Bynum first released his small lot of single vineyard Pinot Noir from the famed Rochioli vineyard in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir was a relative stranger to the region, but the fickle grape thrived in the unique terroir. The first to produce single vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, Davis Bynum was instrumental in bringing prestige to the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir growing region. Today, more than forty years later, the heritage of Davis Bynum lives on through the hand-crafted creation of single-vineyard wines like this one. Here is what the Wine Enthusiast said about it: “This wine opens with the fresh liveliness of stemmy earth and black tea notes, growing funkier and more herbal on the midpalate. Brightly layered and deeply flavored, it’s a full-bodied rendition that remains true to its variety.  91 Pts.”