Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Celebrate the 4th With A Joyful Noyes

Founding winemaker for Kunde Estate, David Noyes started his career working with Paul Draper at Ridge Vineyards. He specializes in Pinot Noir using small lots of exceptional grapes from small vineyards in the Russian River and Sonoma Coast appellations.

We found two of David Noyes small production Pinot Noirs from prime vineyard sites in the Sonoma Coast and Russian River with the expected high quality but at prices that are almost steals.

Fans of the Sonoma Coast style of Pinot Noir would find plenty to love in the 2010 David Noyes Pinot Noir from the Crane Vineyard. The Crane Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast AVA is planted with 15 acres of Pinot Noir, consisting of three Dijon clones and two Pinot Nera clones from Italy. David Noyes blended these various clones using the the Dijon for its intense, rich flavors and the Pinot Nera for their dark color and bright acidity. The end-result is a seamless, sensuous Pinot Noir that's a pleasure to drink. Only 428 cases produced.

David Noyes is one of the handful of producers that make Pinot Noir from Freestone Hill Vineyard owned by Dutton Ranch. Located on the southwest corner along the Petaluma Gap, this is a very cool and damp growing area that limits vine yields, producing fruit with very good concentration and acid balance. The quality of the 2009 David Noyes Freestone Hill Vineyard is as can be expected superb. The flavors are rich and layered, with good acid balance and alcohol of 13.9%. Only 120 cases were produced.

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir "Crane Vineyard", David Noyes 2010 $19.00 (Click to buy!)

Russian River Pinot Noir "Freestone Hill Vineyard-Dutton Ranch", David Noyes 2009 $31.00 (Click to buy!)

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