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Community Tasting Notes (22) Avg Score: 88.3 points

  • Paired with arugula raviolini, and followed a Turley '05 Duarte, this pours a light red to pink on the edge. Medium body compared to the Turley. Dark oaky aromas of charred wood, peppery black berry compote, resinous tannins. Day two this is showing more maturity, with bass driven raspberry on the nose, and confected scalded jamberry compote. Slightly sour tannin drives the finish. Recommend consuming in one setting.

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  • Big drop off since my last bottle eight months ago. Opened an hour before pouring. Very little left on the nose other than some heat.

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  • Solid zinfandel. The Novy zins are underappreciated in my opinion. Have one more and will likely jump on it soon. Don't see this getting better and likely at or just past its peak.

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  • The winner of my all-time Weirdest Wine Ever award. Similar to my last two bottles - very light in color and body and short on backbone. This time, however, I switched to another wine and came back to this one about three or four hours later. With that much air time, I expected this wine to have completely fallen apart. However, it was bold, rich, and vibrant, with just the right amount of testosterone - everything I'd expected when I bought it back in '06. A bottle of wine is supposed to be a living, evolving thing, but this one went through several mutations in a relatively short time.

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  • Felt like a zin and pulled this out, PnP. Pours lighter than expected, with a silky fluid body of light ruby. Glyceric, displaying 14.9%, but not hot which is good. Unmistakeable zin nose of pepper, crushed pomegranate syrup, pencil shavings. On the palate bright strawberry and black raspberry. Fruit slams the mid and finish with decently integrated tannins. A little tart coming out with air on the finish. Not a powerhouse full throttle fruit bomb style, yet fairly ripe with good acidity. By day 4+ under vac-u-vin, this is starting to fall apart, with promenient acidity and oxidized toast notes.

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