David Noyes Wines
2006 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley
California: Sonoma County: Dry Creek Valley
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Mission Codename: The Noyes inside my head? No, my GLASS!
Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Our Operatives have been crazy for great Zinfandel of late. Particularly, they seem enamored for a great Sonoma County Zin. Find a great one, recover an ample quantity for our Operatives
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: David Noyes Wines
Wine Subject: 2006 Zinfandel
Winemaker: David Noyes
Backgrounder: Since 1970, winemaker David Noyes has made fine wines, all around the world, and for some incredible wineries. in 2006, David left Kunde Estate Winery to launch his own label. Today, as then, David is especially well-known for his delicious Zinfandels and Pinot Noirs, and we are proud to bring you David’s wonderful 2006 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. Read Agent Red’s tasting notes and mission report below.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Deep ruby red, perfectly clear with concentrated color right up to the edges of the wine, a fast surface that settles quickly when swirled, with thick and slow-moving legs that start slow, then speed down the glass
Smell – First sniff of this wine gives off aromatic red fruits and a slight Pinot-characteristic gunpowder, while the Zinfandel delivers darker berries and dark stonefruit, with white pepper and spice with softest earthen aromas of forest floor and cedar bark
Feel – Round and fast across the lips and then lush and somewhat bold, with medium mid-palate tannins
Taste – Deeply concentrated with big flavors of mixed dark berry, red fruit, pepper, vanilla custard and soft herbs
Finish – Large and extremely long with a warm dryness with flavors that go on and on
Conclusion – This is a great Zinfandel with unique aromatics, deep flavors and a mouthfeel that will please the most diehard Cali Zin fan. In this wine, David has managed to create a Zinfandel that is ‘all Zin’. However, there is a little something extra to this wine that I find very intriguing. The aromatics are certainly original, with some slight Pinot Noir-like characteristics, and the feel of the wine is lush and refined. The wine also has the acidity to pair with rich foods. The perfect summer BBQ wine? Sure! A great companion for fine dining? Certainly!
I was very lucky to spend time with David Noyes yesterday. David was in town to show his wines and to appear on a local radio program.
It was a sunny day in Monterey, slightly uncharacteristic weather as lately we have had some very overcast days here at the Monterey Wine Spies Safehouse.
David was sitting out on the patio when I arrived. Despite his dark glasses (spy shades?) and his farmer hat, I recognized him from the photos that can be found on his website.
David Noyes is a winemaker that has lived his entire professional career in the wine business. His winemaking roots are deep – and widely dispersed, for he has made wine in Monterey, Livermore, France, Mendocino and now the Sonoma Valley.
David describes his wines as “Food wines”, and he creates wines that are meant to be in balance with a meal, where some California wines can tend to overpower a meal.
When I asked David what was happening in his world of late, he replied, “I’m on pins and needles at the moment. This is the time of year when we are starting to see the color of the grapes begin to change. That is an event which starts the countdown to harvest, another critical time. This is the last month of ripening and it is the time where the real character of the wine will be determined. Decisions made in the vineyard now will really effect the outcome and quality of the wine.”
I asked him if the radical temperature swings or the recent frost had an effect on the grapes and he reported that one of his vineyard blocks had been damaged by the frost in particular. “I would usually see a 3 ton yield from one of my one-acre blocks. This harvest I will probably only get about a half-ton.”
Of this particular wine, David said, “Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley provides a truly unique expression of California Zinfandel. I fell in love with the Dry creek Valley over 30 years ago and it still impresses me as a premier wine-growing region that can express a wide range of diversity and personality. This wine is metaphor for California Zinfandel, with its mystery, feel and flavors.”
I thanked David for the time he was able to spend with me and as we were parting, he pointed out that he experiences no corked (spoiled) wines, due to the type of corks that he uses in his wines. Made from real cork, but pulped and then formed and purified with high-pressure carbon dioxide gasses, these corks maintain a perfect seal, without contaminating the wine with TCA (2,4,6-Trichloroanisole), a chemical that can spoil a wine. With the corks that David uses, no TCA is present in the closure at all. David thought that explaining this to me was somewhat geeky, but to me, the geekier the better. I love all of the learning that comes with each wine I review and each winemaker I meet.
Thanks for the meeting, David. We really are partial to your Zinfandel. We know that our Operatives will, as well!
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The location of the tasting room where David’s incredible wines can be found can be seen in this satellite photo.
What the Winery Says
About This Wine:
The best of Dry Creek Zin…blended with petite sirah and old vine carignane…complex aromas of ripe cherries, rose petal, tobacco and cinnamon. Full-bodied with enough tannin for aging, but rich enough to enjoy immediately…lingering aftertaste of red currant jam.
I fell in love with zinfandel over 30 years ago while working at Ridge Vineyards, and especially those wines from Dry Creek vineyards that include petite sirah and carignane. Petite sirah adds depth and tannin, old vine carignane melds the flavors together with a herbal or spicy component. The mix of vineyards and varieties gives both completeness and mystery.
The age of the vines that provided fruit for this wine ranges from 10 to 100 years old, the average age works out to about 50 years. No other grape speaks as eloquently, or exuberantly to California’s wine history. Enjoy!
I love young zin with a simple roast chicken flavored with rosemary and garlic; this wine pairs well with anything from the grill, or a rich pasta sauces.
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.
WINEMAKING STYLE – 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, WOW – As the Wife of Winemaker (WOW), 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.
Appellation: Dry Creek
Blend: 80% Zinfandel (West 34%, Garcia Old Vine 24%, Teldeschi old vine 22%); 13% Carignane Saini Old Vine; 7% Petite Sirah Teldeschi
Aging: 14 months, 25% new US oak
Bottled: November 2007
Released: March 2008
Longevity: 5-10 years
Production: 455 Cases