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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 7 
ProducerNovy Family Wines (web)
VineyardGarys' Vineyard
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationSanta Lucia Highlands
UPC Code(s)877591001446

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2014 (based on 5 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.1 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 60 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by ogres3 on 6/24/2015 & rated 92 points: Very nice and drinking well. Quite the inky purple wine. Adequate nose. Very plush black and blue ripe and integrated fruit. Still with tannins and alcohol. Bold and beautiful. Long and very nice finish. (83 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/20/2015 & rated 93 points: Coravined. Soaring aromas of black currant preserves, black olive paste, bacon fat and graphite make up an enticing nose. The palate shows satin textured, sweet crushed black small fruits, low acidity, melting tannins and a long spicy and charcoal tinged finish. What a great showing and a good value to boot. (350 views)
 Tasted by ogres3 on 2/2/2015 & rated 92 points: In a great drinking window. Decanted 60 minutes. Deep hues with lush fruit. Up there with the Carlisle wines. (393 views)
 Tasted by Night Train on 1/24/2015 & rated 92 points: Opened about an hour before drinking. No need to decant or aerate. Seems to be peaking. Rich, with a great finish. (415 views)
 Tasted by Ecoenophile on 9/19/2014 & rated 91 points: PnP. Deep purple with long legs. Nose is dark and rich... hints of bramble and pepper, loaded with blackberry, blueberry and cola. Palate is a muted reflection of the nose... with some tart cherry on the back end. Nice residual acidity (or the tartness) on the finish... with just a hint of tannins. Drinking very nice right now. Very good QPR at $25 (PA State Store close out price from 2012). (778 views)
 Tasted by The Drunken Cyclist on 7/21/2014 & rated 91 points: I went to the cellar and pulled this without consulting CT (which is usually a dangerous proposition) but it turned out great. A great nose of mocha, blackberry, vanilla, and even a bit of anise led to a palate with tons of fruit and depth. This is an enjoyable wine that I could drink for a while. Siduri/Novy will always be one of my favorites precisely because of this wine—perhaps not the finesse that I prefer, but balanced and fun. In the end, I can’t really ask for a lot more. Outstanding. thedrunkencyclist.com (951 views)
 Tasted by emdub on 4/28/2013 & rated 91 points: My favorite of the 07 Syrahs we had. Better than the Rosella's and Susan Hill. The Garys has by far the most pepper and reminds me the most of a rhone style with it still being very California. (1930 views)
 Tasted by Night Train on 3/23/2013 & rated 92 points: Opened (not decanted) about an hour before tasting. At this stage, it should be decanted or aerated. A big boy! A lot of smoke on the nose, but most of it blew off over time. Black and blue fruits, some smoke, and maybe a little sage. Full body and a little sweetness on the long finish. Delicious, but it's a bruiser right now, and drinking it was a little fatiguing. Definitely needs another couple years. (1890 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 1/22/2013: Bottle opened last night, had a glass but decided to wait for tonight. It started out last night a bit rich, kind of a maple note and seemed a bit sweet. It picked up some complexity as it sat, pulling in blue fruit notes, and also an interesting stone pit note that I often find from Susan's Hill, which is south of Garys', up on the Pisoni estate. Tonight, aromatically some of the stem quality also emerges, which I didn't find last night but very much enjoy here. The palate? Lots of blue fruit that cuts a broad coat across the mid-palate. Cooked meat, some tar, garrigue and better structure tonight that freshens up the palate with the maple, sweet note disappearing from last night. The finish drops off some and so the star really is the mid-palate. In sum, I like the wine better than last night but the complexity here is not all that strong so I would offer a drink window of now (with some air to let the stems and more rustic notes emerge), through 2015. (2647 views)
 Tasted by mjnickel on 9/23/2012: This is a nice bottle of wine. Very dark fruit and extracted. The oak is well integrated and helps balance its power. it opened a little more on 2nd night, but the alcohol is just a tad hot. Consider decanting and/or serving slightly chilled (2401 views)
 Tasted by nogohawk on 8/1/2012 & rated 92 points: Popped & poured; Drank over several nights - excellent syrah; loads of dark fruit with smoke & spice - nice finish (2370 views)
 Tasted by cbbrown3 on 7/21/2012 & rated 93 points: Deep, dark ruby to purple color. Blackberries, licorice, smoked meat, pepper, blueberry, dried herbs, and dark chocolate on the very nice and inviting nose. Medium to dull body with solid, ripe tannins and very nice acidity. Spicy fruit with a nice meaty presence on the palate with more pepper and some earthiness coming in later. Nice lingering finish which again highlights the meaty elements with chocolate and fruit in the background. Very nice and impressive. (1561 views)
 Tasted by nogohawk on 7/4/2012 & rated 92 points: Drank over 2 nights - excellent syrah; loads of dark fruit with smoke & spice - nice finish (1509 views)
 Tasted by J2K on 6/3/2012: Needed at least an hour to open up but drinking beautifully now. Full bodied, lush, and smooth, layers of fruit and spice with nice acidty and maybe some charcoal and black olive on the finish. I'm down with it! hink I'll buy some more (1203 views)
 Tasted by davidrh1 on 2/23/2012 & rated 93 points: Tar and peppery nose, big layers of blueberry and blackberry with a nice earthy quality Nice finish. Very nice steak wine. (1512 views)
 Tasted by ogres3 on 12/29/2011: Needs to be decanted. Nice nose. Excellent mix of fruit. The finish is a bit lacking or disappointing. (1698 views)
 Tasted by nogohawk on 7/3/2011 & rated 92 points: Drank over 2 nights - VG syrah - same notes as before (2186 views)
 Tasted by nogohawk on 6/4/2011 & rated 92 points: Popped & poured - VG syrah; smoke & spice; same notes as before (2295 views)
 Tasted by cbbrown3 on 4/22/2011 & rated 92 points: Decanted for about 2 hours. Deep, dark maroon color. Blackberry, blueberry, smoked meat, pepper, and olives, with some soy sauce and chocolate on the nose. Medium body with solid, ripe tannins and very nice acidity. This is a big and rugged wine. The tannins and acidity provide a solid backbone. Nice, lingering finish with the savory elements in front with the fruit providing a nice background. This tastes very nice now, but this will improve with cellar time. (2428 views)
 Tasted by emdub on 3/27/2011 & rated 88 points: Needs more time. (2564 views)
 Tasted by Laughs and Juice on 3/18/2011 & rated 92 points: Took a few hours to open (2613 views)
 Tasted by nogohawk on 3/12/2011 & rated 93 points: Drank over 2 nights - excellent syrah; loads of dark fruit with smoke & spice - nice finish (2634 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 3/10/2011: This note formed on the wine being open for the 3rd day--it's totally aerated. Last time I had this bottle was before it was released, in June 2009. Having waited over 18 months, that seems like a fair yard stick to measure the wine again. Pours very dark, which I like in my syrah. The plushness I commented on back in 2009 is still here. In fact, this is one of the key features of the wine. Along with it, lots of fleshy dark fruit, the kind that feels like a barrel sample in tone, framed out by some milk chocolate. There is some blueberry, teriyaki/soy and some light shadings of acidity but this wine is more about plushness than complexity. I actually think it's best tonight, even moreso than last night, as some of the tarry acidity has come forward yet I think this particular Garys' will be an earlier drinker, more opulent than rugged, sexier than lean. I'd pair this wine a hearty burger, something that has some steak sauce and a bit of pepper.....PS--FWIW, I finished this wine on the 4th day it was open. It remained together and the flavors held up very well, even the acidity. I told my wife, "this stuff is like petite. I could probably leave it out another 4 days and it would be solid". (2691 views)
 Tasted by nogohawk on 2/15/2011 & rated 93 points: Popped & poured - last bottle after several nice cabs & a btl of Tig; a bit more spice & smoke than the cabs; nice finish (2757 views)
 Tasted by emdub on 2/8/2011 & rated 91 points: Stems shine through to compliment the beautiful blue and black fruit. Needs some more air or time to develop as this was a pnp. Open next bottle in 2 years. (2754 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Back to France, Issue #3 (2/1/2010)
(Novy Family Wines Syrah Garys' Vineyard) Login and sign up and see review text.   91 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (3/6/2010)
(Novy Family Wines Syrah Garys' Vineyard) Dark purple violet color; oak, black plum, black fruit nose; oak, chocolate, berry, black fruit palate; medium-plus finish 91+ pts.  91 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (8/10/2009)
(Novy Family Wines Syrah Garys' Vineyard) Group's #9 (my #5) – 106 pts; 1, 0, 1, 1 - opaque dark red violet color; nice floral, black fruit, tar, oak, blackberry nose; tasty, tart blackberry, black fruit and oregano palate with a green core and touch of herb, good acidity; medium-plus finish that shows some unresolved greenness 90+ pts. (40% whole cluster)  90 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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