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.
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
14.2% alcohol. This is drinking beautifully right now. Dark red color. Pretty nose of Rosella's grapefruit, pepper, olive, and pure black fruit. In the mouth, a peppery edge shows on the fruit, with the grapefruit-like acidity and green olive notes. Very pretty, complete wine with terrific balance and purity. A-
Violet hued, turning more magenta colored at the edges. Shows smoother and more integrated/resolved than I was expecting for such a young wine with aromas and flavors of blackberries, graphite, creamy oak, pepper, and that Rosella's telltale citrus peel impression over a medium plus bodied frame. Not quite as meaty, earthy, or feral as the 2005 vintage, but an outstanding effort nonetheless.
Needs at least an hour to decant. Inky texture. Farm funk and wet earth at first, which blows of revealing a more solid blackberry and a bit of pepper on the nose. Palate of dark berries, a bit tart, sweet oak tannins. A bit rough around the edges at first. After an hour of time, smoothed out significantly.
This took a while to open up - needs at least 1hr+decant. Nose peppery, jammy. Decent complexity. Palate dense with sweet fruit. Alcohol covered well but oak a bit prevalent. Tannins smooth and well integrated. Very good.
nice aromas of blackberry, mineral,pepper, hints of star anise. Palate is rich with blackberry and a tartness like an underripened blueberry. Tannins softened down to velvet after being opened up for three hours finishes with some earthy minerality. Really nice wine, and different from most central coast syrahs. Ready to drink now.
Decanted 1 hour and drank over 4. Initial nose of dark fruits and funky wet soil. Palate is bursting with blackberry, beef blood, and strong notes of iron. Great medium weight mouthfeel that finishes with even more grapefruit/citrus acidity than I remember from the last bottle a year ago. This is a great bottle of Rosella's and is my clear cut favorite over the last 5 vintages.
Wine Dinner For The Daughter/Son-In-Law & Their Friends (The Murray Casa): Actually finishing the leftover of this wine as I type this TN. Pretty well resolved after being open abou 36 hours. Shows the class and richness without being blowsy, which I am certain the 2007 vintage afforded Adam. While a lot has blown off now, the wine last night showed some nice black pepper, blackberry, licorice, silky and large framed but not syrupy nor boozy. Listed alcohol 14.2%, drinking great now.
Upon opening deep purple/ black in color, muted aroma and flavor, allowed this one to breath for several hours, a little more aroma came out on the nose, but still under delivered on the palate with almost no flavor, this is the first Novy I have ever been disappointed with. Bottle has to be flawed, Will retaste and rate at a later date.
$33 are you kidding, After an hour in the decanter this was showing so well. Blackberry, black cherry, tar, pot roast, and a slight tinge of oak dominate the palate right now. I kept repeating to myself how pure this was. Rosella's at her finest.
Six months since we tried this last time. Dark colored, lots of pepper, more than I recall in some of the recent vintages. Citrus, bittersweet chocolate and some traces of vanilla from the oak. Dark blackberry, loam, creosote, garrigue, cooked meat/jerky and if you let this wine sit on the palate and really take it in, the ruby grapefruit really shows through. Classic Rosella's, with enough acidity and fruit to really show well but young up still to put away and forget about it for another year.
2007 Novy Syrah Party + A Pile Of Other Things (The Murray Casa): Hitting and doing it right here. Packed with flavor, dark and juicy, game and licorice. After about 3 hours open, add more peppercorn, some spicyness and a richer core. Don't get much oak, just a really great bottle of Rosella's. Excellent and a stand out for the night.