Novelty Hill Syrah 2005
Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.4%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Deep, rich black cherry, raspberry and mocha aromas and flavors linger beautifully across a long, focused finish. Refined, well-integrated tannins add to the
wine's polish and grace.
"Washington has clearly staked a claim for making some of the New World’s best Syrahs. But in this price range? This is a great place to start your explorations. It's almost pure varietal, dark and tight and spicy. Young and still backward, it rewards breathing time with pure blackberry and black cherry fruits, black olive, coffee grounds and a lick of licorice. Seamless, muscular and layered, this wine definitely wants some breathing time."
"Novelty Hill wines have performed well to date, and this deep, weighty, very well-focused effort keeps the winery's string of successes fully in tact. From its complex aromas of ripe berries, woodsy spice, and smoke, to its layered, like-minded flavors, it exhibits a sense of refinement uncommon for a wine of its size and never lets ripeness dictate terms. Its tannins, while not out of bounds, are enough to warn off immediate drinking, and we would opt for another four or five years in the cellar."
Shiraz / Syrah
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Learn About Novelty Hill Map It
Novelty Hill is a small, independent winery crafting limited quantities of elegant wines from Washington State's finest vineyards. Committed to delivering consistent, high quality wines through careful nurturing from vine to bottle, they are dedicated to using innovative clonal selection, sound viticultural practices and gentle, artisan winemaking to produce wines of uncompromising character.
Learn About Columbia Valley
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which...
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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...
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