David Noyes Wines
2009 Puccini Vineyard Zinfandel
Zinfandel •Puccini Vineyard
California: Sonoma Valley
Oh, how we love wines made by our friend, David Noyes. Once of the first winemakers we ever sat down with, nearly seven years ago, David has always delighted us with tales of the trade - and fantastic single vineyard wines.
Today’s 2009 David Noyes Puccini Vineyard Zinfandel hails from the famous Puccini Vineyard. This tiny 1-acre vineyard, which produces some of the most sought-after and fought-over fruit in the Sonoma Valley, has been lovingly farmed by two generations of the Puccini family. The vines, which are more than 100 years old, continue to produce wines of power and prestige.
Today’s 2009 is a sophisticated, structured and elegant Zinfandel that we offer with our heartiest recommendation. If you love Zinfandel. you will absolutely adore this wine. And, at under $20, you should probably stock up.
Dark crimson hues with perfect clarity through the slightly darker core of the wine.
RIch and layered with lush aromas of black cherry, blackberry, cassis, dried black rose petal, rhubarb, alpine strawberry and toasty cedar.
Dark and rich with concentrated flavors of dark berry compote, briar patch, cassis, black cherry and sweet tobacco leaf.
Ultra long and chewy with plush, crushed velvet tannins that spread a chewy, elegant dryness to the far corners of the palate.
Enjoy this wine with a fresh pineapple pizza, a tangy grilled BBQ chicken, or a variety platter of fine Italian Salumi.
What the Winery Says
Jammy red fruit and than a hint of anise define the nose and mouth of this full-bodied zin. Still youthful after more than a year of bottle age, the fruit and structure of this wine promise a long life and good development over the next five years–and possibly more.
Dan Carmagni, an Italian stonecutter planted this vineyard in 1906 the year his son, Dan Jr. was born. Numerous stone walls around the property attest to both men’s hard work and skill. The site speaks eloquently to the history of winemaking in California and to the sense of balance, proportion and harmony common to the Italian immigrants of that era. I always enjoy visiting. Dan Jr. sold the property to the current owner’s father during the 1950’s but continued to live nearby. He died in 2006 at 99 years of age.
The profession of winemaking offers many pleasures, (and not a few challenges); I count opportunity to engage intimately with the history and traditions of a particular area and people one of the most enjoyable.
- 1.4 tons September 24, 2009 at 24.4 Brix, 3.54 pH
- ~94% Zinfandel, ~6% mixed varietals (two whites, 3-4 reds)
- 17 months, 33% in one year old seasoned US oak
- June 2011
- Spring 2012
- Residual sugar
Food Pairing: The jammy fruit and slight bite pair beautifully with an aged farmhouse Gouda. Mildly spicy sausage, or grilled chicken, or a wild mushroom pizza will also work well…
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.