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Community Tasting Notes (20) Avg Score: 88.3 points

  • Fat, unctuous blackberry, raw meat, asphalt and fennel. Still shows a little tannin and could have benefitted from a couple of hours in the decanter. The reductive charateristics of this wine remind me of an Alban.

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  • Boy this was disappointing. It tasted very mature with cranberry, woody notes. Palate was initially silky but then is taken over by a black bitter note. Decent length on the finish, but this tastes more like a 8 year old Zin than syrah. Where is the minerality?

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  • Day one this started with creamy black fruits and white pepper. Over a couple of hours it developed a bloody note and tree bark aromas. Smooth and full bodied with just a little remaining tannin. Powerful fruity finish that shows a touch of grapefruit. On day two all the previously mentioned elements had integrated beautifully leaving a seamless wine with some nice complexity. Starting to enter peak window.

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  • A great bottle -finally entering it's drinking window - was curious as I was told the regular appelation wine was not that impressive. Probably the finest Syrah from Novi to date. Lots of black & red fruit, nice mouth feel not over the top. Oak has started to integrate need to try the Sta Lucia version

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  • A mature, satisfying nose of dark fruits, meat and a floral edge. The medium bodied in the mouth with tar, blackberry and touch of black pepper. This bottle showed rather hollow on the mid palate, and the finish was a little thin and acidic. Hopefully this wine is going through a mid-life crisis and will add some weight over the next couple of years.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2003, IWC Issue #108, (See more on Vinous...)

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

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/26/2007, (See more on 88 points

    (Novy Family Wines Syrah Garys' Vineyard) Group's #7 (my #1) – 70 pts.; 1, 1, 0, 2 – sweet clove, grapey, black fruit nose; sweet entry with a big vein of pepper on a palate of blackberry and lavender liqueur; medium finish 88+ pts. (a couple people complained of acetone on the nose)

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