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.
"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.
The Wine Advocate
"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."