Fans of the Northern Rhône might argue that this Syrah is too fruity, but there’s no questioning its boldly Californian beauty. It thrills the palate with explosive blackberries, blueberries, cherries, currants, cocoa and spices, yet is balanced in refined tannins, and completely dry on the finish. In other words, superb.
Made solidly in the Novy style of ripeness, power and sheer yummy deliciousness. The tannins are very big but finely ground, so you can drink it now, with decanting. Flavorwise, it’s all about currants, chocolate, licorice, cola and black pepper. Compelling, and should develop for a good six years.
Interesting to contrast this with Novy’s Rosella’s bottling. It’s much firmer in structure, with sturdier tannins, although they’re sweet. It also seems oakier and sweeter all around. Blackberries, coffee and cocoa are the flavors.
This wine clocks in at an impressive 15.2% alcohol. As a result, it has a hot finish, but there’s no denying the lush, ripe flavors of chocolate, red and black currants and cherry jam. Ready to drink.
An intense nose of skunk, toasty oak, and earthy notes veils deeply submerged black fruit. The lushly textured palate carries rich espresso, blackberry, vanilla and toast flavors. Finishes long, just as it began—opaque, burnt toast over dark, buried fruit and firm tannins. Don’t touch now—cellar for three or more years, keep your fingers crossed, and hope for the…