David Noyes Wines
2008 Russian River Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir •Gunsalus, and Benedetti
California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
Mind the Gap
After a long absence from our pages, David Noyes comes roaring back with his bold and delicious 2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Made from two select vineyard sources in the Green Valley subappellation of the Russian River Valley (Gunsalus and Benedetti Vineyards) this wine is long on flavor, intriguing aromatics and dynamic mouth-feel. Best enjoyed after decanting for at least 30 minutes, once this wine opens up, it softens and brings forth far more fruit and balance. Pair this dark Pinot Noir with a pork tenderloin with cherry reduction sauce. Enjoy now, or hold this wine for the next few years.
Deepest garnet hues, with a brilliant, glinting ring of pure ruby at the edge of the glass. After swirling, the wine settles quickly, leaving behind some of the tallest most widely-spaced legs we have ever seen on a Pinot Noir.
Full and darkly layered, with bold black cherry and red plum out in front. Then, bright cranberry, sandalwood, subtle pipe tobacco, dark dried leaves (east coast autumn leaves), perfumy dried violets and subtle oak follow.
Bold, tart black cherry, black plum, cedar, raspberry, subtle forest floor, brown spice and candied cherry. As the wine opens up, additional flavors of Bing cherry, subtle strawberry and earthy mineral follow on.
Long and flavorful, with black fruit yielding to red fruit, earthy flavors and, eventually minerals and spice.