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Community Tasting Notes (30) Avg Score: 89.7 points

  • Paired with Maine chopped suey, this wine is an interesting concoction that when we tasted it at the Novy tasting room in ~2005 it was described as having a bacon fat nose, which we remember it exhibiting. Opened a dark ruby, this has a unique if not bizarre nose of sour cherry, bacon fat, quince, bell pepper. Certainly flawed in its composition, it nevertheless shows very dark sweet fruits of black cherry, blackberry, tart cranberry, menthol, licorice, scorched earth. Lacking acidity, this velveteen syrup is a very unique wine that would serve a good teaching point for the particular flaws it demonstrates. Still very drinkable and enjoyable. On day two under vac-u-vin this soured up, with grapefruit notes dominating. The bizarre matchstick/sulfuric note were present still with agitation, but had calmed down some. The sour acidity detracted from the experience on this day.

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  • Drinking so well now. Ripe fruit, but not sweet or cloying, this is a superior Syrah, as most Novy are. Full-bodied, plenty of dark fruits, resolving tannins, lush, and totally hedonistic. Superb.

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  • If you like grapefruit you will like this wine. In fact even if you don't like grapefruit you will like this wine. This wine has aged well and it seems to be at it's peak but no where near in decline. A very nice Novy.

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  • Dark and firm color of purple with a strong nose of ripe dark fruit with and edge of spice and animal nuances. Stout textures and a firmness that had undercurrents of ripeness in the edge of spice and a bit of a bite on the end that was not a deal breaker, but it did keep your attention from wandering. Still hanging in there...

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  • Real different. Not the typical barnyard funk - more raw meat and menthol on the nose. Heavy dark fruit flavors evolve to a smoky, grapefruit tinged finish that lingers.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2004, IWC Issue #114, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Novy Cellars Syrah Rosella's Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands) Subscribe to see review text.

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