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 Vintage2000 Label 1 of 7 
ProducerNovy Family Wines (web)
VineyardGarys' Vineyard
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationSanta Lucia Highlands

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2003 and 2009 (based on 3 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Novy Syrah Garys` Vineyard on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 5 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by AJG on 5/21/2014 & rated 87 points: It is still dark in the glass, with little bricking. The nose is a little earthy, and has some cherry and floral aromas. On the palate, it presented dark red fruit (maybe some blackberry too), finishing with somewhat sour acidity. It is drinking well, but is past its peak. It went well with simply grilled skirt steak. (333 views)
 Tasted by kmack on 12/2/2007: Dark color. Nice earthy nose - more like a Rhone than a California wine. Medium- to full-bodied with dark fruits (blackberry and black raspberry) and some nice acidity. As it sat open, though, there seemed to maybe be a bit of VA on the nose and the acidity become more prominant. Still, a nice match with chili on a cold, rainy evening. Either at or past it's peak. My only bottle. These will probably be OK for awhile but I wouldn't hold on to them much longer. (1280 views)
 Tasted by Mrbuzz on 9/9/2007 & rated 88 points: Dark black cherry/cranberry in color. Wonderful nose of floral plum/raspberry, dusty sweet cherry spice, beef, leather, coffee, white pepper, vanilla oak. Saturated blackberry, black cherry, raspberry/cranberry fruit. Big sweet spice, tart grapefruit tingle, dusty cedar tannin, beefy funk, leather, mint, sage, anise, vanilla oak. Still a big wine, well concentrated, floral, tannic....but integrated. Has more acid than I remember, somewhat sour...but holds it well. Should age even longer. Great wine! 93pts

On day 2...I am changing my score to 88pts. The sour acidity is just getting to me....and is taking away from the tasty meaty, and dark berry fruit. Way too sour and tart....hard to drink. 88pts though, cuz you drink it with food, and the acid subsides...but alone...it hurts. (1273 views)
 Tasted by pgordon62 on 1/1/2006 & rated 89 points: Started very reduced with coffee and grapefruit notes. After 24hrs the cassis and dark berry fruit had increased. Still quite tannic with good acidity. Decant or give it 1-2 more years. (1558 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/22/2005 & rated 92 points: Big wine, but well balanced. Great nose, some fruit, anise, green pepper. Taste, again, some fruit, loads of pepper, notice a tiny bit of bret-like flavor. On day 2, no off flavor at all. I think this wine is so concentrated, my taste buds are overwhelmed and confused. (1865 views)

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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2002, IWC Issue #102
(Novy Cellars Syrah Garys' Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands) Subscribe to see review text.
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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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