Tasted originally in 2009, this Novy Syrah Gary's Vineyard has evolved into a stunning wine! Removed from my temp-controlled cellar, I popped and poured. Loads of fruit, white pepper, and last forever with a lingering, complex finish. There is no hint the cliff is near but at the same time, this seems to be at its peak. Drink soon and enjoy!
Herb, pepper and ripe dark fruit scent. Chewy, berry, fig, tobacco, mocha, earth and licorice flavor with ample tannins. Undoubtedly, those who like this style would rate it much higher. After a lengthly breathing it integrated and improved significantly.
Deep red color. Initially it has a musty forest scent which subsides somewhat after breathing. Then, it shows green pepper, black pepper, dark fruit and cedar forest (heavy, woody) scent. The thick and viscous palate has black current, tar and mocha flavor with ample tannins on the finish. It is a bit clumsy and heavy for my taste.
The wine is a deep purple color. The exciting nose has blackberries, licorice, baking spices, charred meat, grapefruit zest, black pepper, dried herbs, earthy underbrush, vanilla, and violets. This has medium body, moderate tannins, and very good acidity. On the palate spicy berries, pepper, and a twist of grapefruit dominate the front end with dried herbs and meaty elements coming in on the backend. The finish is very long and flavorful with some earthy elements and the grapefruit zest seeming to last forever. This is in a very nice drinking window, but there is no hurry on this one, it should last in the cellar for at least a few more years.
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