Wine Crawl 8: Sauvignon Blanc and California Syrah (San Francisco): Nice nose that suggests slight age: red fruits, tobacco, jammy raspberry or cherry liqueur. Medium bodied, with an explosively sweet, fruity palate of lush red fruits, turning to vanilla ice cream on the finish. Suggestion of heat. Good for the style, i just don't like the style. My 1/3, group's 2/3. (Tasted blind)
Now we are back on track, having not liked the 2001 Napa at all, I had confidence that this bottle would measure up and it does. Last night when I opened it, I jotted down the following notes: olive, pepper, cherry, vanilla. Tonight, with the bottle sitting with the cork pulled but returned over night, I am enjoying a full glass. The nose smells of pepper, faint herb/celery stalk, black olive and gamey. As for the palate, boy, this wine is really humming. Soft, fleshy and with some remaining structure, is drinking perfect. The flavors spell plum, cherry, peppery spice and more gaminess, along with some toast and earth. I have drank probably a close to a case of this wine over the last 2 1/2 years and this is by far the best showing of this bottle. You can hold it for another year if you like but for how it's drinking now, fire away. Paid $18 for this wine...this is Novy QPR in effect.
P.S. FWIW, this wine does finish a little sweet. Not cloying or syrupy but the higher alcohol and fruit ripeness may be showing at this warmer room temp feel.
Day 3 update. I usually don't trust nor drink wines open this long but this wine has hung in and is still showing. Lots of flesh, open texture and a real nice drink.
Nose of spice,meat, earth. Did not get the barnyard brettyness that others have mentioned. Initial tasting: sweetness followed by spice and meat. Am leaving the bottle open on the counter after pouring a tasting ounce. Will see what it is like at dinner time in about 6 1/2 hours. An experiment. How very interesting. If I was drinking this blind I would swear it was a CA Pinot!!The nose is now sharply fruity, and does not have that identifiable Pinot funkiness, but the taste is pure Pinot (to me), fruit and meat in a lovely mix. This was very nice, and I may have to rethink my strategy of swearing off all CA syrah to focus just on Pinot.
15.6% alc...followed a Copain C&C Syrah 04...my last, and I believe my 3rd bottle - more, not less...very bretty initially, very meaty, very spicy, very barnyard - no doubt cow excretion - wet leather, red fruits, but in all the earthy/barnyard/smoke elements, the fruit seems "aged", more subdued or background to the other things going on...great texture, very spicy, there's the fruit - cranberry, black cherry - coffee, rich but balanced, long gorgeous finish that ventures back to the earthy-animal perspective of the nose...not sure of the vineyards that comprise this wine...to me, this wine straddles the new world/old world ideals - nice. Look forward to getting some of the newest releases this week, this was my last Novy. **** out of *****.
Decanted for 30 minutes. Medium to full-bodied wine that is dark red/purple in color. On the nose, dark fruits and roasted meat. On the palate, glycerine-laden black raspberries and blackberry liqeuer. Yummy, lip-smacking syrah with a long 30-second finish...an excellent QPR!
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