The color and the flavor are both dark and rich. Fruits on the palate are red, strawberries and cherries, but both are dark, very ripe, even a little bruised. Wood provides a sweet background of vanilla and almond. Tannins are sweet and old, acids mild to match. This is a fat, rich Russian River pinot. It is an early drinker, not something to cellar for years. Drink with grilled swordfish. Recommended. DH

WHO: Davis Bynum
WHAT: Pinot Noir
WHERE: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
WHEN: 2010
HOW MUCH: $30 (media sample)

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David Honig