Wine Spectrum has been a big fan of Bydand’s limited-production wines for many years. Our team loves the wines and jumped at the opportunity to video Colin Gordon and Tim Beranek on their estate vineyard in Napa Valley. Bydand not only produces a delicious Napa Valley Cabernet, and Red Blend—they are also adept at producing beautiful Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from prominent vineyards in the Sonoma Coast. Bydand wines are immediately intriguing, flavorful and enjoyable yet possess great cellaring potential.
Colin Gordon and Tim Beranek worked together at Kosta Browne in 2010 and Outpost in 2013 before Gordon founded Bydand Wines in 2014. Bydand is the Gordon family motto meaning “stand and fight”. Gordon and Veranek meticulously farm each vineyard for top quality Bydand fruit. Given Napa and Sonoma are saturated with great winemakers, Bydand’s wines indeed stand and deliver.
Winemaker Tim Beranek began working under acclaimed, 100PT winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown at Outpost in 2011 and then on to Mending Wall as Assistant Winemaker and then progressed to the role of Winemaker. Tim handcrafts structured, yet elegant wines that fully express the varietal, vineyard and vintage character.
The 2018 Bydand vintage is absolutely impressive across the board!
2018 Bydand Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley: WSI95 This Cabernet opens with classic nose of ripe berries, cedar and pencil shavings. The full-bodied palate delivers soft, well-integrated tannins, and loads of ripe raspberries, plump blackberries, and tender plums, with a subtle lift from licorice and cocoa. Rich and juicy to the end, the wine finishes long with notes of milk chocolate and blueberries. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Merlot. Sourced from Bydand Estate and Bulgheroni Estate.. Aged 22 months in 65% new French oak.
2018 Bydand Estate Red Wine Coombsville Napa Valley: WSI94+ Bydand Estate Vineyard is nestled in the volcanic soils of Napa Valley’s Coombsville AVA. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines produce wines of extraordinary complexity and freshness. Aromas of dense black fruits and fresh wild blueberry, with an intriguing earthy minerality. Wild berries, dark cherries and chocolate carry the wine through a long, fresh finish. Well-knit tannins and natural acidity provide the structure to age beautifully for many years. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot. *Limited Quantities Available*
2018 Bydand Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast: WSI94 This Sonoma Coast Pinot is warm, rich and inviting from start to finish. The nose shows an abundance of aromatic fruit with subtler notes of fresh vanilla bean and brown sugar. The palate is a smooth, soft mouthful of juicy cherries with just a hint of dried herbs, loamy earth and lemon pith. Aged 16 months in 25% new French oak.
2018 Bydand Pinot Noir Umino Vineyard Russian River Valley: WSI93+ This wine evokes its origins on the windswept Sonoma Coast with juicy wild berries, finely chiseled structure and nuanced layers of mystery. The nose offers boysenberries, raspberries and a smoky, saline minerality. Sleek and racy, the palate bursts with elegant fresh berry compote spiked with aromatic spices and fragrant orange zest. Balanced oak notes and a touch of cocoa powder sustain the fruit through an extra-long finish. Aged 16 months in 35% new French oak. The wines produced from the Umino Vineyard are an exceptional balance between Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast AVA’s. The wine is typically fruit driven, but has great balance and a mineral element more common with west Sonoma Coast wines. Other noteworthy wineries that source from Umino Vineyard include: Chasseur, Lynmar and Spell Estates.
2018 Bydand Chardonnay Sangiacomo Roberts Road Sonoma Coast: WSI93+ Fragrant, juicy and full of poise. The nose layers ultra-fresh fruit with elegant and gentle French oak influence. The palate explodes with ripe apple, pear, and quince flavors lifted by aromatic citrus zest and ginger—a delectable apple pastry with perfectly balanced spice and acidity. Fresh notes of lemon peel and ginger linger through the clean, crisp finish. Aged 16 months in 20% new French oak. The Chardonnay grapes are sourced from the Roberts Road Vineyard—crown jewel of the Sangiacomo winegrowing family. They are one of California’s most respected and longest operating grape growing families. Other top tier wineries that source from Sangiacomo includes: Benzinger Family, Chappellet Wines, Flowers and Frank Family.
Bydand uses a minimalist approach to winemaking with a commitment to simplicity, sustainability and quality. We can’t wait for you to enjoy these wines. We know you’re going to love them!