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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 4 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2008 vintage.)
ProducerNovy Family Wines (web)
VineyardRosella's Vineyard
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationSanta Lucia Highlands

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2015 (based on 6 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.9 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 51 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Chainthroer on 7/28/2015 & rated 94 points: A great reunion in Prescott, AZ, with friends George and Jim, both who appreciate great wine. I did not take notes. The wine was big with intense and rich fruit. It went well with pork tenderloin cooked by George and some of the best brussel sprouts I've ever tasted, cooked by Jim and George.. Blackberry, black currant, tar, black pepper and hints of licorice. The wine is drinking well now. (61 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 7/8/2015: Sentimentality here, as well as peer pressure to let some of my bottles age, this prompted me to go what is nearly 4 years between bottles. This was my last 2007 and I remain fond of the vintage so I had assumed, and based on my prior note from 2011, that this wine would have the stay power to go this long, arguably longer. I opened this about 90 mins ago, let it breathe, which helped it fill in the fruit and texture. Classic Rosella's. Citrus, tar, dark plum and blackberry and teriyaki/jerky. The fruit is terrific here, tasting more opulent which for me is the vintage expression, yet there is acidity, also what for me is the 2007 vintage. Plenty of body here but not thick. After about 3 hours, this is a beauty. Dark, full of citrus and flush with fruit, some graphite, tar, dark chocolate. And then with one more day of slow ox, not much change but to say this is pretty well stuffed with color, flavor and depth. No fade in this yet, however this is a fruit centric wine that continues to carry acidity so my advice would be to open this now. I simply don't think aging this style and vintage of wine is going to improve it. It's there now, catch it while it all works. Delicious. (227 views)
 Tasted by J @ y H @ c k on 8/29/2014 & rated 89 points: I hate to use terms like varietally correct because many geeks argue that no California wines are varietally correct, but this one is reasonably close, and it has been consistent since purchase in about 4 years ago. I originally tasted this with Adam Lee and Sadat X at Tribeca Grill. I really enjoyed the pepper spice and the somewhat in your face fruit, so I ordered a case. The pepper spice has definitely stood up to time, hence my comment about varietally correct, and the fruit is a bit subdued at this point. My experience with Rosellas Vineyard wines is that they always have a nice spicy component to them - to a greater or lesser degree based, I suppose, on what the winemaker does. This is on the high side and I like the spice. I have enjoyed every bottle. 14.2% ABV. (660 views)
 Tasted by wormfarmer on 7/6/2014 & rated 91 points: The last bottle, and what a glorious final leg of the six-legged relay we've run these past 4-5 years. This is drinking wonderfully now: everything's integrated. What's neat about where this wine is now is the gradient between where it starts and where it finishes, especially in terms of palate weight. In terms of flavor, it starts with blackberries and and some meat fat, maybe a bit of plum. The finish, at least an hour or two in, is almost pinot-weight, and moves the wine from brooding, bruised black fruit to something both more floral and more cocoa-ey.

I wish I had more to see if this sense of it held true! (740 views)
 Tasted by Mtnmd1 on 5/17/2014 & rated 91 points: Excellent fruit right now. Suspect it will start to deflate in the years going forward. (789 views)
 Tasted by dhammer53 on 4/9/2014 & rated 88 points: My last note was 3 years ago when I rated this a 92. I'd say time to drink up. More than acceptable to the non-Geek crowd, but less than acceptable to me. (1014 views)
 Tasted by Brett and Megan on 3/10/2014 & rated 89 points: aroma - pine, cedar, floral, blackberry, espresso, tannin is a bit funky; taste - coffee, jam, hot in mid-palate, fungus, raisin; deep black color already, still needs some more time - 5 more years (1027 views)
 Tasted by The Drunken Cyclist on 2/12/2014 & rated 91 points: A bit more developed than the last--still great fruit, but there was deeper, more complex secondary flavors. I pulled this out to drink while watching the Olympics, since the wife said she wanted some more wine. She fell asleep before the luge, but I did not mind, I plunged ahead without her. The sacrifices I make. Outstanding. thedrunkencyclist.com (743 views)
 Tasted by The Drunken Cyclist on 12/16/2013 & rated 90 points: Blackberry jam a go-go here. I am a big fan of the Siduri/Novy and this is a really fun drink. There is not much on the backend in the way of tannin, but there is that blackberry lingering and a hint of earth. Very Good to Outstanding. thedrunkencyclist.com (769 views)
 Tasted by Night Train on 8/24/2013 & rated 92 points: Consistent with a bottle six months ago. Black fruit and herbs on the nose. More of the same on the palate, along with black pepper and traces of smoke and licorice Medium to light viscosity, but huge fruit on the mid-palate lingers quite a while, giving the impression of a longer finish. Unlike my impression six months ago, this seemed to have more than adequate tannins, so I'm in no hurry to drink my one remaining bottle. (853 views)
 Tasted by emdub on 4/28/2013 & rated 90 points: A ton of grapefruit on the finish. Very unique. I used to like this style much more, but it seems as my palate is changing. Great QPR. (1004 views)
 Tasted by The Drunken Cyclist on 4/3/2013 & rated 92 points: I am a fan of Novy and Siduri, so take the following with that in mind: this wine was fantastic. Not surprising that this is a Pinot lover's Syrah--not overly bombastic fruit, great balance, long finish. Very impressive. (908 views)
 Tasted by wormfarmer on 2/18/2013 & rated 90 points: Had after Novy's regular Santa Lucia Highland blend. (Didn't wildly outclass it, which surprised me.) Decanted for 90-120 minutes. Ate with roast lamb leg, which was perfect, but mis-timed it, and drank it after dinner was done. Pity, because there's real peppery, herbal, olive-y palate fun to be had here, and it'd go great well with a big hunk of herbed lamb. (982 views)
 Tasted by Night Train on 2/10/2013 & rated 92 points: Is this as good as a Cayuse or SQN? Probably not. It's certainly not as huge. It is, however, pretty damned tasty. Terrific nose - dark fruit and all kinds of herbs. Black and blue fruit on the palate, along with healthy doses of tarragon and black pepper. Medium body and a nice finish. Minimal tannins and acids, so it's probably time to drink up. (999 views)
 Tasted by kurishin on 2/1/2013 & rated 93 points: Wow, this is a great expression of what Cali syrah CAN and so often fails to be. Palate depth was the takeaway here and with the tannins basically gone, it is time to drink this wine. Just a little acidity and not overdone on the back end. (781 views)
 Tasted by egh on 1/8/2013 & rated 93 points: 14.2% alcohol. Consumed over the course of three hours, with the wine really singing after about 30 minutes of air. Lovely nose of blackberry, black pepper, chocolate/oak, and bacon fat notes along with that telltale Rosella's citrus/grapefruit impression providing a nice lifted counterpoint to the aforementioned deeper pitched aromatic components. In the mouth, to the fuller side of medium bodied with grapefruit like acidity and a profile of blackberry, peppery spice, and meat. Enveloping, gripping, lingering finish with some fine grained tannins apparent. Certainly no shame in drinking this now, although seems to have the fruit, concentration, underlying structure, and overall integration/balance for additional aging. My favorite syrah in the Novy portfolio; Highly recommended. (742 views)
 Tasted by wormfarmer on 10/29/2012 & rated 88 points: Popped and poured. Very good, but not as layered as I remembered. The Unti Benchland that preceded it outshone it a bit, I think. (873 views)
 Tasted by pjfriesen on 6/6/2012 & rated 92 points: Decant for 30-60 minutes. Becomes very smooth. A cellar staple for me. Excellent value and stands up well to just about any meat. (938 views)
 Tasted by rickv2wine on 2/17/2012 & rated 90 points: - Brick color with slow forming legs. It's somewhat balanced with a medium/full body. Coarse texture with a medium finish - Nose is a little astringent and
 Tasted by pjfriesen on 2/3/2012 & rated 92 points: Consistently excellent. (1114 views)
 Tasted by pjfriesen on 12/4/2011 & rated 92 points: Improves with age. Glad I have more. Very smooth after some time open. (1269 views)
 Tasted by pjfriesen on 10/1/2011 & rated 92 points: Drinking very well right now. Decanted for 45 minutes. (1236 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 8/23/2011: This is drinking great. The black pepper aromatics are really showing nicely, giving the nose a pungent tone. The palate is smooth, with dark fruit laid over the citrusy Rosella's profile, along with just a faint hint of chocolate but the finish is all about citrus, pepper and a mix of red and black fruit. This is what Rosella's should taste like, a mixture of opulence and cool climate married together....so to close out this note, this being the 3rd day the wine has been open, enjoying the last glass. There is an added element of meatiness tonight, which in the context of the pepper component, adds a nice combo of flavors. Also helping add more rounding to the notes is a soily element, a loamy note that lies in the finish. As I have said time and time again, this vineyard has true personality, and Adam has been working it for a long time now. A cellar staple for me and within my CA syrah experience, a core wine year after year. (1386 views)
 Tasted by MichaelF on 5/16/2011 & rated 89 points: Very solid wine. Nice spicy nose, black pepper, blueberry pie. A little fruit forward on initial pour, but evolved over night after decanting. A little warm on the finish, but balanced. (1729 views)
 Tasted by dhammer53 on 4/22/2011 & rated 92 points: Drank this at Eric and Barries engagement dinner. Beautiful inky color. Some smoke at pop n' pour. Some spice too. This is an exception bottle for the price. I'll present them with another bottle next year. (2099 views)
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By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Back to France, Issue #3 (2/1/2010)
(Novy Family Wines Syrah Rosella's Vineyard) Login and sign up and see review text.   93+ points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (3/6/2010)
(Novy Family Wines Syrah Rosella's Vineyard) Opaque red violet color; nice black fruit, pepper nose; nice tart black fruit, pepper, mineral palate with depth; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.  92 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (8/10/2009)
(Novy Family Wines Syrah Rosella's Vineyard) Group's #2 (my #4) – 78 pts; 3, 2, 2, 0 - very dark red violet color; nice, big, black fruit, anise, spice nose; tasty, black fruit, spice, anise, blackberry palate with depth; medium-plus finish  91 points
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In 1996, Gary Franscioni planted the 50-acre Rosella’s Vineyard, named for his wife, on their estate property just 1½ miles north of Garys’ Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands Appellation of Monterey County. We have been sourcing grapes from this vineyard site since 2005 and believe that Rosella’s Vineyard, with Gary Franscioni’s exceptional farming practices, produces a unique wine representing the best of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Santa Lucia Highlands has proven to be a world class appellation, and we are proud to offer a wine from this great vineyard.
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