Last bottle gone. It was as good as the others - which were very good indeed, and a stunning value at $15. This is not headed downhill any time soon; this bottle was probably fresher than the last one I noted here (Oct 2012) - no Worcestershire notes this time. Alas, poor Novy! I knew him, Adam: a drink of infinite zest, of most excellent fancy.
Still somewhat hot. I was hoping that the alcohol would dissipate a bit and blow off much quicker this time around. Oh well, still a tasty bottle and solid QPR, but probably not going to get much better than it is right now, which to me is a 90.
Ha, cbbrown, I opened a bottle of this five minutes before bringing up CT and seeing that once again - as on 3/20 - we've both had this on the same day. Your tasting note sounds about right to me, from the specifics (I get just a touch of funk too - Worcestershire?) to the big ol' thumbs up. This has become a real favorite, and a massive outperformer for the $15 (plus 40% more to ship to the east coast) I got it for. And so versatile with food. I have more than a few CA pinots, supertuscans, and Bdx at 2-3x that price I'd gladly trade bottle for bottle to give my sole remaining '07 Novy Grenache Judge Family Vyd some company.
The wine is a light to medium ruby color, much lighter at the edge. The very interesting and unique nose has raspberries, earthy underbrush, black pepper, dried herbs, baking spices, smoke, licorice, cherries, and a touch of eucalyptus. This has medium body with fairly solid, ripe tannins and very nice acidity. On the palate a nice hit of cherry and raspberry precedes a blast of savory elements including black pepper, dried herbs, and nice earthy notes. The finish is fairly long and leans towards the savory spectrum with nice cherry and raspberry in the background adding subtle sweetness. Not a fruit forward, fruit bomb, very food friendly. I like this a lot and feel it should last in the cellar for another year, maybe two.
9/29's observation of this being similar to (Oregonian) pinot noir is right on; it's just that I really dig it while others may only want expressions of grenache in the style of southern France or Spain. Who'da thunk California would provide the most delicate exemplar of a varietal? Anyhow, it remains terrific, and far from being old and tired five years after vintage, this bottle was still really strong on day four. I believe it's smack dab in the middle of its prime. Of other cases I've bought, I often wish I'd stopped at six; this, I'll miss when it's gone. I'd probably buy more Siduri/Novy if their east coast shipping weren't so expensive!
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