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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 7 
ProducerNovy Family Wines (web)
VineyardGarys' Vineyard
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationSanta Lucia Highlands
UPC Code(s)877591000463

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2014 (based on 4 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.1 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 20 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by drcoustan on 6/1/2015 & rated 92 points: Fabulous at age 10! (74 views)
 Tasted by wickedwax on 11/19/2012: 2005 Syrah Tasting: Aromas of almost jammy dark fruit, but also with savory meat and herbal notes. Gripping tannins with medium acidity with roasted fruit and vanilla on the palate. Hot finish. Not one of my favorites nor many others. (932 views)
 Tasted by curtispomeroy on 2/9/2011 & rated 89 points: Looks like this is still a slow opener. Last glass on night two was the best. (1182 views)
 Tasted by The Drunken Cyclist on 2/4/2011 & rated 87 points: Popped and poured. Lots of fruit up front but a little weak on the midpalate. The last glass was the best, so maybe a short decant for the next bottle. Very good. (1224 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 6/20/2010: This wine needed 24 hours to shed the chocolate and perceived sweetness that it shows when I opened it last night--it's much better tonight. As a whole, this wine tastes dark, with some black cherry and earthy blackberry notes. Not syrupy in terms of the dark fruit but more lithe and crunchy. This fruit quality is one of the expressive profiles I find in CA syrah: dark and inky, but more zesty and earthy. It lies in the middle, in essence, between old world and new, and with that, I am going to drink it with some homemade pizza tonight, to add to the food not overtake it. There is a hint of ripeness on the back end of the finish but the zesty and dark quality of the fruit merely takes the ripe edge in and allows it to enhance what is there. Like with Garys' so often for me, there is some jerky and teriyaki notes, too, but these are once again supporting of the inky fruit. In sum, this wine will age and I think in doing so, it might appeal even more to the CA syrah cynic and the argument against what some typify as CA syrah. Drink now or age through 2011 and let some of the secondary notes emerge, which I think might create a very interesting cuvee. This, though, is my last 2005 so the 2006s will go next. (1482 views)
 Tasted by cunni001 on 3/21/2010 & rated 90 points: Dark and Jammy bit soft with some nose of cassis and black cherry, medium finish, tannins soft not much edgeing or lingering finish, somewhat amorphous but perfectly pleasant and no flaws. (1527 views)
 Tasted by KVM on 11/15/2009 & rated 89 points: Very dark red. Some dark jammy fruit. blueberry and beet root in the nose. Very ripe fruit, black raspberry and oak on the finish. tannin goes unnoticed and the acid is correct. But nothing really unusual - this could be an Aussie wine. Drank the rest of the botttle 24 hrs later and the fruit was bigger and the earthy notes were gone. (1266 views)
 Tasted by egh on 7/4/2009 & rated 90 points: Consumed over the course of three hours alongside the 2005 Novy Rosella's Syrah and paired with slow cooked pork ribs. 14.6% alcohol. While compelling aromatically, this is not quite as complex, showy, or interesting as the Rosella's with blackberries, black raspberries, white pepper, and a hint of barnyard/earth that emerged with aeration. The palate comes across riper, juicier, sweeter, and smoother than the Rosella's -- but like it's sibling -- displays a vibrant streak of acidity, finishing upon fine grained tannins. (1329 views)
 Tasted by mmurry on 2/7/2009 & rated 92 points: "Hearty Reds" Cabernet, Merlot, and Syrah (Farpointe Cellar): The nose had sage, smoke, blackberry, pencil lead, and raspberry. The palate had smoke, blackberry, raspberry, graphite, and earth. (1687 views)
 Tasted by *Vine* on 10/26/2008 & rated 92 points: Popped an poured. Dark, inky hue. Forward aromas of raspberry white pepper, spice, and smoke. Very concentrated, this Syrah is really flavorful, with black fruits, white pepper, herbs, and smoked meats all flowing over the palate. Big tannins are round and work well with the fruit. Super enjoyable and worth seeking out if you're a fan of new world Syrah. Should age well for at least 3-5 years. (1861 views)
 Tasted by egh on 4/20/2008 & rated 91 points: 14.6% alcohol. Inky purple hued. A complex and structured effort that also shows polished, smooth, plush, and juicy with a core of blackberries and black cherries accentuated by notes of creme de cassis, smoke, and pepper. An agreeable pairing with takeout from Brasa Rotisserie. (1672 views)
 Tasted by Montsant on 3/8/2008 & rated 88 points: Dark purple with a slight red aspect. Nose has Novy's signature all over it – smoke, bacon fat, dark cherries, maybe a little chocolate. Great red fruit with some coffee on the palate, and the fruit and prevalent acidity balance each other out well. The mouth feel is a little lighter than I remember from the first time I had this wine in December and there is a little heat on the finish, which I also don't recall. This is my favorite of the Novy SLH Syrahs. (1832 views)
 Tasted by dcleven on 2/17/2008 & rated 89 points: Black cherry and pepper on the nose. Very spicy a bit out of joint at this point, fruit, spice, alcohol and tannins all seem to be fighting for a spot. (1839 views)
 Tasted by blondon on 12/22/2007 & rated 91 points: Opened yesterday, poured one glass, recorked and left on bar. Just poured, and man is this singing. Great deep purple color, nose of raspberry ganache with a chocolate chaser, pure velvet mouthfeel, very smooth and comforting to the palate. Nice finish without a hint of burn. I am a big fan of Santa Lucia Highlands syrahs and this is one fine example! (2004 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 11/29/2007: For me, this completes the triumvirate of 2005 Garys' syrahs, which included this wine, along with the Lucia and the Roar. If I wanted to introduce someone new to syrah, with flavors that are distinctive and complex, than a tour of these 2005s would be my offering. Whereas I found the Lucia more wrapped up and stuffed, and the Roar polished, opulent and pure, the Novy comes across as more like the Roar. Pours like the other two as dark and nearly opaque. The nose shows typical Garys' terroir of smoke, sage and that beef jerky smell. The palate shows a medium, juicier body, possessing a tad less complexity and stuffing than the Lucia and Roar. But, do not mistake this wine as weak or fragile. What you get on the palate is pile of licorice, tar, inky dark fruit and an underbrush like sage note, along with a bunch of pink grapefruit acidity, akin to the place. In fact, of the three wines, the Novy pushes the most acidity and its signature is all over the finish. Tar, grapefruit and the smell of Garys', another winner and a final confirmation for me of the high quality of the 2005 SLH syrahs.

Final note-- open for nearly 3 days now, the wine tonight shows much more blackberry juiciness and some finishing chocolate. (1982 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 3/3/2007 & rated 91 points: Russian River Barrel Tastings (Siduri, Lynmar, Woodenhead, Swan, Marimar) (Russian River, California): Light black fruit nose; deep, concentrated pepper and black fruit; medium-plus finish (14%) (1936 views)

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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (3/3/2007)
(Novy Family Wines Syrah Garys' Vineyard) Light black fruit nose; deep, concentrated pepper and black fruit; medium-plus finish (14%)  91 points
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Garys' Vineyard

Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Planted: 1997
Total Vineyard Acreage: 50 acres
Varietals: Pinot Noir, Syrah
Clone/ Rootstock: Pisoni Clone planted to 3309 and 5C
Exposure: Southeast
Trellising: VSP Bilateral
Spacing: 6x8 and 5x8
Vines per acre: 1089 and 908
Soils: Arroyo Seco Sandy loam
Climate: A marine climate highlighted by strong coastal winds blowing off Monterey bay make for foggy mornings, breezy afternoons and a long, drawn out growing season. Average summertime high temperatures are in the mid 70's.

The Garys’ Vineyard is a joint venture between two
native growers of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Gary
Pisoni and Gary Franscioni planted this 50-acre
vineyard to Pinot Noir and Syrah in 1997. Its location
on a sloping hillside in the center of the 16-mile long
appellation offers a true representation of the Santa
Lucia Highlands.

From Club Testarossa June 2013 tasting notes:

In the hierarchy of great California vineyards, it doesn't get much better than Garys' - the eponymous
collaboration of winegrowers Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni - one of the most famous estates on the
West Coast. The Wine Enthusiast designates Garys' vineyard as the closest vineyard to an "American Grand

Just off of Highway 101 about 80 miles south of San Jose takes you to the heart of the Santa Lucia
Highlands Appellation - home to Garys' Vineyard. Owned jointly by the Pisoni and Franscioni families and
managed by Mark Pisoni and Gary Franscioni, this is one of the crown jewels for Pinot Noir collectors.
"We view our vineyard as multi-generational commitments to growing grapes that can produce the most
remarkable and balanced wines."

Testarossa has one of the longest running, closest relationships with the vineyard - the 2011 vintage marks
our thirteenth release from Garys' The Highlands close proximity to Monterey Bay's cool climate make for
one of California's longest growing seasons. The vineyard's sloping orientation on the southeast facing
bench on sandy, gravelly loam soils provides just the right mix of sun, wind, and fog. Testarossa's section of
Garys' Vineyard is three pristine acres of the famous "Pisoni Clone" Pinot Noir, originally planted in 1997.


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