I get the graphite other tasters pick up, menthol too. Some meaty/smoky undertones, but for me, those "cool" aromas predominate. The meatiness picks up on the palate, along with red fruits. Intense, especially the nose, for a lighter-bodied wine. The tannins bite down pretty quickly at this point. I think it could use some time for the palate to catch up with the already compelling nose. Great value from the Novy as usual.
Really interesting wine. There's a dark note that dominates the nose and continues through the palate - is it ash? Graphite? Smoke? Hard for me to put a finger on it, but the interplay between this and the subtle, sweet red fruits on the palate is what drives this wine. There's a definitely meatiness to the nose as well, but the interplay between the ash and the fruit is what drives this wine. Fascinating and delicious.
Last bottle tasted six months ago. The bottle for this note I opened last night for dinner, drank a glass and screwed the top back on and place it back in the cellar. So, this note has about one day of slox ox in the wine. Tasted at room temp, about 68 so nice and cool. Aromatically, this time there is a distinct graphite note in the wine. I also this time find a hint of stem and just into the background is a cool, lifted purple flower/potpourri note, which I have yet to find previously in Rosella's. Also here is the characteristic pepper and smoke. The palate shows dark fruit, a dark raspberry and blueberry mix, but not sweet or goopy. Also well centered into the palate is a good amount of loam and truffle, giving the wine a distinctive quality. Citrus and charcoal in the finish, which is leaner than past vintages with some acid. Finally, a gamey note, what I have called jerky in past notes but this is more meaty in tone. Having waited six months between bottles and seeing this settle, this is becoming a bit atypical for Rosella's but I also like the variation it is showing this vintage. I'd like to wait another year before I open the next bottle, to see how these flavors evolve but in my span of drinking Rosella's for many years now, this is a unique vintage for Novy, I like it.....ps--at Day 3 of this open, the wine really picks up the pink grapefruit note, tar and and more texture. My take away from this all in is to let this wine really breathe out.
Listed alc 13.8%, finished in screw cap like all the 2010 syahs seem to be. Opened last night. so a good amount of slow ox saw this wine. Medium dark in color, more purplish than black. Classic Rosella's aromatics of smoke, embers, pepper and beef jerky. Really nice palate, with more grapefruit it seems this vintage than the Garys' showed me. Nice juicy texture, with even some crushed rocks in this vintage. There is a black raspberry note running through the wine's core, too, adding more definition. The finish ends with a bit of dark bitter chocolate (as much as all the 2010 SLH Novys syrahs have showed me, which I expect to fade out with time, as there are young wines). The final finish holds teriyaki, peppered jerky and cooked meat, along with some good structure. Maybe the leanest and yet one of the more complex Rosella's that Adam has made, with a low alcohol register, too. I really like the throttle turned back on this vineyard, as it has so much unique terroir to show, which really I think gets a good center stage when the ripeness is allowed to be pulled back. Terrific Rosella's, at an early stage of the curve, too.
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