If you haven’t yet jumped at one of Greg Morthole and David Ramey’s wines, I’m not sure why not. You’ve probably heard my rant about how Davis Bynum is uniquely positioned to provide better QPR (quality-price ratio) than just about anybody in the game. They’re priced like Tuesday and drink like Saturday. My kind of wines!
The winery’s 2018 Russian River Pinot at the ridiculous price of just $19.35 per bottle when you add it into a case is an absolute steal and the perfect summer sipper for the beach or pool, if not the dinner table.
The Pinot Noir they make is always crafted like a painter going to work on a blank canvas. Petaluma Gap for its richness. The darkness and silky tannin provided by the warmer Santa Rosa plains fruit. And then the cherry on top is the rich, deep spice element – provided by a very special lot from the Middle Reach Neighborhood on West Side Road. A little bit of everything that all comes together.
The result is spicy, generous Pinot that drinks well above its station due to the quality of the single parcels that were so expertly chosen. It’s pretty dang hard to resist.
The big three of Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and James Suckling all came in at 90-points or higher for this beauty, with the latter two coming in with double 91s. Not surprising because I can’t imagine how anybody could find this wine anything other than delicious, vibrant and easy drinking.
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91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
This is a rich, rounded wine sourced from several vineyards, including the estate Jane’s Vineyard. Tea, forest and cardamom contribute a spicy earthiness that finds its match in juicy strawberry, cherry and soft tannins.
91 Points, James Suckling
A soft and fruity red with plum and berry aromas and flavors. Citrus and cedar, too. Easy to drink with real Russian River pinot character of ripe strawberries and warm, earthy undertones. Sustainable. Drink or hold.
90 Points, Wine Spectator
Shows accents of fresh-cracked white pepper to the dried red fruit and berry flavors, which are framed by crunchy acidity and tannins. The juicy finish offers vibrant forest floor notes and hints of hazelnut.
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