2001 Novy Family Wines Syrah Napa Valley


  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley

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Community Tasting Note

  • Frank Murray III wrote:

    August 20, 2006 - I like Novy, in fact, quite a lot. It still ranks in the Top 3 in my cellar and I have another mixed case in the shipping queue. However, I would not want this specific wine again. This is Day 2 for this wine, open just over 24 hours. Here is what I like: it has big mouthfeel and nice fleshy weight, as well as intro of nice berry fruit. This allows it to drink well....initially. But, as the wine goes across the palate, there is a an earthy, mulchy type of flavor, perhaps even what I sometimes see called a 'balsamic' note. There is a also mixed with this balsamic, a hint of green. Not overpowering, but a hint of such. There is also some tartness on the finish and thus, I would consider this wine out of balance. Comparing this wine to newer vintages of the Napa bottling, this wine is not in that league with the others.

    It's not usually my thing to post TNs on wines that don't float me. But, I am a fanatic for the Novy stuff and wanted to call it as I see it on this one. This is my last 2001, save a couple of mags, and so the 2002s are next, which I have been enjoying already this year.


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