Opened with pasta. Ruby. Enjoyable aromatics of pepper, squid ink, bubble gum, and new oak. Hoisin and soy notes on the palate, with blackberry and black cherry. Well resolved tannins. Nice oak integration. A nice offering that isn't too over the top. Day two under vac-u-vin, very nice dense core of pure Zin beauty - a bit understaded but solid juice. Certainly has held and not lost much, but don't see tremendous improvement at this stage.
14.7% alcohol. Such fun to drink this side-by-side with the Carlisle bottling. They're strikingly different. This is more restrained, with higher toned fruit, and a more subtle spice component. Brambly and very pretty, with great purity. Black fruit leads the way, with excellent acidity. A-
Novy is probably my favorite producer for the price. The is a very interesting Zin. A little heat on the back end but very integrated red flavors with a slight hint of pepper on the back end. Far from jammy. Nice effort.
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