Wine Last Sold on: February 7, 2013
David Noyes Wines
2010 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
|Region:||California: Sonoma Coast|
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- In advance of the general release of the wine, send Agent Red back to David Noyes Wines, to secure an ample allocation of their 2010 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.
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Worldwide Exclusive Alert: Today we are very pleased to be the first wine merchant to feature the delicious 2010 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from one of our long-time favorite producers, David Noyes Wines.
We’ve been friends with David for more than 6 years now and we have had the great fortune to be the ones to release his wine to the world.
Today’s wine is a food-friendly Pinot with intriguing flavors and wonderful aromatics. Youthful and bright, this wine is drinking very well, now. We’ll be holding onto a few bottles for the next couple of years as we think that the wine will continue to evolve.
Enjoy outdoors in bright sunlight as the color of the wine is just gorgeous. Decant for best results.
Pair with a duck and fig salad, a pork tenderloin or prosciutto wrapped dates.
Lovely dark ruby with evenly concentrated color from rim to core. Tall, widely-spaced legs fall slowly down the glass.
Beautiful and plump with an exciting and unique floral earl grey black tea, black cherry, dried blackberry, dried fall leaves, tomato stem, subtle cracked pepper. As the wine opens, it reveals subtle cherry-rhubarb pie.
Shy at first, swirl or decant for best results. Dark dried cherry, dried blackberry, black tea and stewed plum. Rubarb, cherry cola and dried leaves follow.
The more savory flavors linger for a long time. Atthe tip of the tongue a soft dryness forms and introduces a sublte chewiness.
What the Winery Says
“The nose opens with multiple aromas of ripe raspberries, fresh baked bread, green and black teas, along with more subtle elements of earth, dried flowers, smoke and iodine. In the mouth raspberry fruit dominates an equally complex mix of flavors, showcased by a classic pinot texture, both rich and lively. Quite a mouthful!”
This year all my Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir came from the Crane vineyards, both vineyards located in the Sonoma Coast, at the base of Crane Canyon, where they benefit from the cool breezes that come down, every evening, from Bodega Bay through the Petaluma Gap. The Cranes farm about 15 acres of pinot, split into some 10 blocks, divided by clone, soil and location, including three Dijon and two Italian ‘Pinot Nero’ cultivars.
I would characterize the Dijon clones as providing both intense raspberry fruit and great mid-palate richness while the Pinot Nero clones show a delightful wild berry character, darker color and bright acidity. Together they make a delicious wine.
Food Pairing: Coq au vin, (mushrooms and bacon), or for a vegetarian match: lentils, mushrooms and kale, Manchego with almonds.
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Aging: New and seasoned French oak barrels.
Longevity: 7-10 years
About the Winery
I founded DAVID NOYES WINES to fulfill my life-long dream to provide wines that connect us to the natural world, to winemaking traditions, and that provide tangible expressions of the mysteries of time, place and transformative experience. More specifically, (and less poetically), my wines provide unique expressions of pinot noir and other varietals from selected Sonoma County vineyards. My winemaking techniques are selected to minimize handling and maximize the individuality, flavor and balance of each lot.
My winemaking career began in the cellar at Ridge Vineyards in 1970, between then and now I’ve worked in Monterey, Mendocino, Livermore, France and Sonoma Valley. In 1989 I began work with the Kunde family to create Kunde Estate Winery; I started my own label in 2001, and in 2006 left Kunde to devote myself entirely to DAVID NOYES WINES.
DAVID NOYES WINES consists of myself, my wife Grace, and our generous family and friends. We produce small lots of pinot noir, zinfandel, chardonnay and tocai friulano from selected Sonoma County vineyards located in the Russian River, Dry Creek, and Sonoma Valleys. These wines express the character of the vineyard, vintage, and my own esthetic judgment, informed through over 30 years of experience in the creation of noteworthy, well-regarded, premium wines; they offer distinct personality, balance and an excellent complement to fine cuisine.
My wines are meant to accompany food; neither wine nor food need overpower the palate to provide an overwhelming experience! The aim is for a ‘rich, balanced style’, full-flavored wines that express the best of our California fruit, yet do not overwhelm with alcohol, extract or oak. I find such wines offer more individual expression, better pairings with food and more personality.
Grace Noyes, W.O.W.
As the Wife of Winemaker (W.O.W.), I am privileged to meet great folks, drink awesome wines, and eat wonderful food, in short, to have fun with my clever winemaker husband and our dynamic friends and family. Dave makes acclaimed wines and I, as WOW, provide humor and whimsy to keep us from taking ourselves too seriously. Over 96.5% I know about the enjoyment, making and marketing of wine I learned after meeting Dave in 1995.
I practice chiropractic in the Sonoma Valley, having graduated from Palmer College on Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 1978. Donna Nassar, D.C. was my name before I married Dave in 1997. Besides my WOW and DC hats, I often don other hats including; wedding minister, artist and writer.