David Noyes Wines
2008 Russian River Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir •Gunsalus, and Benedetti
California: 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.
What the Winery Says
“Supple yet powerful, this wine can match the delicacy of poached salmon and the bite of mustard or radish… Warm and inviting aromas of raspberry, toast and almonds, on the palate, intense raspberry, rich and smooth.
“My 2008 Russian River Pinot Noir derives from two vineyards, Gunsalus and Benedetti, both within the Green Valley sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley. I like Green Valley pinots for the warm earthiness and bright raspberry fruit, as well as the layers of flavor that pinot does so well. Most of the fruit came from the Gunsalus vineyard, located on a west facing slope just west of Graton. The vineyard benefits from the work of Pam and Glen Gunsalus, whose passion for grape growing expresses itself in meticulous attention to detail and conscientious application to the daily work of the vines. Their attention to leaf-removal, color thinning and shoot positioning result in very uniform ripening. In musical terms the violin section is very well-tuned! This uniformity of ripening gives intensity to the fruit that you are sure to enjoy in the glass.
“The Benedetti vineyard, overlooks the ‘Petaluma Gap’ a channel that experiences cool air flow from the coast—the cool temperatures make for small berries, intense color and great acidity, all of which complement the luscious fruit from the earlier harvested Gunsalus lot. Overall the ratio is about 5:1 of Gunsalus to Benedetti.”
– David Noyes, Winemaker
- Russian River Valley
- Gunsalus, and Benedetti
- 100% Pinot Noir
- 40% new French oak, coopers include Mercurey, Doreau, Roberts, Meyrieux, and Dargau-Jaegle
- August 2009
- 350 Cases
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 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.
Winemaker David Noyes
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.