David Noyes Wines
2009 Crane Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir • Crane Vineyard
California: Sonoma Coast
A Thousand Cranes
Today marks our eleventh David Noyes Wines offering. When we find a great winery, we stand by it - and feature its wines again and again.
Today’s David Noyes 2009 Crane Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a really gorgeous wine with striking hues, bold aromatics and a flavor profile that is delicious and complex.
The finish is intriguing, combining plush tannins with long-lingering spice, black fruit and earthy flavors. Overall, the wine is very elegant.
Decant this delicious wine for best results and you’ll be rewarded with more subtlety of flavor, a softer feel and more defined aromatics.
Gorgeous ruby red at the core, with a fine ring of pink at the meniscus.
Alpine strawberry and cherry compote are the first to leap from the glass. Plum, briar patch, kola nut, black currant, darkly toasted vanilla, dark tobacco, sandalwood and black tea leaf.
Darker on the palate than the nose initially suggests, with flavors of plum, black cherry, black currant, all balanced by summer alpine forest flavors.
Extra long, with very persistent dark fruit flavors that slowly yield to a delicious forest floor and dried thyme character.
Quinoa, beet and arugula salad alongside plank-grilled salmon steaks.
What the Winery Says
DAVID NOYES WINES - Crane Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
Winemaking offers a conversation with the natural world; wine speaks to seasons past, the earth, its bounty and its pleasures
- Sonoma Coast
- Crane Vineyard
- 100% Pinot Noir
- 40% new French oak, coopers include Mercurey, Doreau, Roberts, Meyrieux, and Dargau-Jaegle.
- July 20, 2010 Food pairings include fresh salmon, roast duck, or (surpringly), Southern fried chicken!
- 5 to 10 years
- Winemaker’s Notes
- “Feminine, yet powerful, this fine pinot offers red fruit aromas of cherries, raspberry and red currant, bound with those of licorice, black tea and caramel. Complex and inviting in the nose, sweet in the mouth, silky in the finish–what more do you need?” The Crane vineyard, (located at the base of Crane Canyon just south of Santa Rosa) benefits from cool breezes that sweep from Bodega Bay down through the ‘Petaluma Gap.’ Warm afternoons and cool evenings make for ripe flavors, abundant fruit aromas and bright acidity. Shallow alluvial soils and the Cranes’ commitment to dry farming, (no or minimal irrigation), guarantee concentrated flavors.
I produced the 2009 wine from the Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777, and about 40% of the Italian ‘Pinot Nero’, clone 18. The Dijon clones give fruit and soft tannins the pinot nero, a wild berry and dark color.
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.