Novy Napa Syrah 2008

Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California

$30.00 $19.99
Save $10.01
Item No. 107166
  • red wine
  • RP90
  • WE90
Style: Earthy & Spicy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

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Winemaker's Notes

The 2008 Novy Napa Valley Syrah is our smallest production Napa Valley Syrah in many years with only 248 cases produced. This smaller production level originated with the April frosts, which led to a far smaller crop in many vineyards in California, and the Page-Nord Vineyard is not immune.

This smaller crop and the frost issue can often lead to uneven ripening and that was certainly the case in some Pinot Noir vineyards, but not so at Page-Nord. If anything, the frost seemed to affect this southern Napa Vineyard quite equally, lowering yields in all plants and resulting in greater concentration. We ultimately picked the vineyard between October 1 and October 17 and a range of sugars from 24.4 to 27.7 brix. We fermented the different sections separately, with some in tanks and some in bins, some with indigenous yeast and others with cultured yeasts. The goal was to make the most complex wine possible. We then selected only a few of the barrels to make this wine.

Critical Acclaim

"The dense ruby/purple-colored 2008 Syrah exhibits a big, sweet nose of creme de cassis, wild berry fruit, lavender, and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied and luscious, it is ideal for drinking over the next 4-5 years. "
90 Points

"Robust, full bodied and frankly delicious, this is a great value in an upscale Syrah. It's bone dry, but exceptionally rich in blackberry and cherry-pie filling, currant, licorice, bacon, sandalwood and pepper flavors that are deep and long in the finish. Amazing how good it is for the price. A sommelier's dream, but production was only 248 cases. Editor's Choice."
90 Points

Learn About Novy Map ItMap It

Adam Lee, Dianna Novy Lee and the Novy Family from Ennis, Texas, founded Novy Family winery in 1998. The winery handcrafts over 4000 cases of wine from vineyards ranging from Oregon's Willamette Valley down to the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County, including Napa, the Dry Creek Vally and the Russian River Valley AVAs. The Novy Family produces rich, character-filled wines...

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Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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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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