Community Tasting Notes (15) Avg Score: 90 points

  • 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.

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  • Looks like this is still a slow opener. Last glass on night two was the best.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • "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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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