Paso Robles AVA
French varietals crafted in the spirit of small Burgundy producers
Nobelle Wines specializes in limited production French varietals that are crafted in the style and spirit of small Burgundy producers. The owner and winemaker behind the Paso Robles-based brand is Sebastien Noël, a native of Burgundy, France, who carries his family’s traditions into his winemaking techniques. His Nobelle wines are both unique and authentically French in style and inspiration.
Sebastien worked his first harvest in Bordeaux in 1999, and carries a family passion that can be traced back for decades. In fact, Sebastien is a descendant of a ‘negociant,’ the French term for a wine merchant/winemaker who purchases wine grapes from smaller growers. Sebastien remembers hearing stories as a boy about how his ancestors would purchase and ship bulk wine by horse and carriage from the Loire Valley to Neauphle le Chateau (a small village in the westside of Paris). There, his family would age the wine at the Grand Marnier Cellar, which was owned by the Lapostolle Family, to later sell to the Parisians.
In 2005, Sebastien began his journey to California to pursue his own wine career. He began at Laguna Canyon Winery in Laguna Beach, where he quickly rose to assistant winemaker. He yearned to be in wine country though, and in 2009 moved north to Paso Robles on the Central Coast. After working as a harvest and winemaking intern at Justin Winery, Sebastien gained further winemaking experience at Sextant, Robert Hall, and Eberle (some of Paso Robles’ best). While working for these various wineries, Sebastien also took courses at the heralded UC Davis.
Sebastien’s first commercial vintage for Nobelle Wines was 2012, including a Grenache-Syrah, a Cuvee Noel (Cabernet, Merlot, Petite Sirah, and Malbec), a Marsanne, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Franc. The wines are currently available to taste at a small spa/salon in downtown Paso Robles called Twist. Sebastien is always evolving his winemaking style, but his wines will always be unique and inspired by his French family traditions.