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.
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?
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.
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
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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(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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