Cellar Notes: David Family 2011 Pinot Noir Anderson Valley

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    The family that owns David Family Wines is not named David. This boutique producer of Pinot Noir based in Santa Rosa, Calif., was founded in 2006 by Michelle Reeves, an entrepreneur from Australia who developed a fascination for wine, particularly Pinot Noir, while living in San Francisco. Enlisting the expertise of master sommelier Emmanuel Kemiji and winemakers Byron Kosuge and Pat Knittel, Reeves traded a career in sports-and-fashion marketing for one in viticulture. Because her maiden name, Turnbull, was already taken by another producer, she named the new venture for her father and set about developing a style of Pinot that appealed to her palate. The David Family 2011 Pinot Noir Anderson Valley embodies Reeves’s concept of vinous perfection: refined yet subtle complexity. Its aromas of black plum and wild strawberry draw the nose in deeper to reveal loamy scents of mushroom and piñon. In the mouth, earthy notes of cocoa and caramel coat the wine’s mineral core, which is as precisely rendered as the bottle’s removable tooled-leather label. ($90) www.davidfamily.com

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