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Novy Napa Valley Syrah 2007

Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • CG91
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Winemaker Notes

The Novy Napa Valley Syrah has always come from the Page-Nord Vineyard at the southern end of the Napa Valley. Over the years we have been fine tuning this wine, learning which parts of the vineyard produce a grapes better suited for the Napa Syrah (as opposed to those designated for the Page-Nord). We have slowly designated two sections primarily for this wine and farm them differently, generally picking them a bit later while looking for a bit riper fruit profile. We also use a different technique in producing this wine, bleeding off a portion of the juice about 2/3 of the way through fermentation and letting that juice finish fermentation in new oak barrels. This tends to concentrate the wine that is left behind. It also provides a richer, creamier mid-palate to the wine that finishes fermenting in oak. We end up blending these two wines back together and produce what becomes our Napa Syrah.

Critical Acclaim

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WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Syrah is a textbook effort revealing notes of pepper, forest floor, black olives, earth, and copious black fruits. It is a fleshy, round, dense wine with gorgeous purity as well as a long, heady finish. Enjoy it over the next 4-5 years.
CG 91
Connoisseurs' Guide
Slow to emerge elements of pepper and game bring solid Syrah credentials to this very deep, well-fruited effort, and there is still a convincing sense of structured tightness as work here that is the hallmark of an ageworthy wine. Its firm, nominally tannic finish does not entirely encourage near-term enjoyment, but there can be no doubt that time will make good things even better and we strongly encourage a wait of several years.
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Novy Family Winery, Napa Valley, California
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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 that reflect their place of origin, including white (Blanc de Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier) and red (Grenache, Nebbiolo, Pinot Meunier, Syrah and Zinfandel) wines. Novy Family Wines and its older sibling, Siduri Wines, have received the Wine Spectator's New York Wine Experience "Critics Choice" recognition a combined 7 times since 2004.

Napa Valley

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One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production and tourism, the Napa Valley is the AVA that brought worldwide recognition to California winemaking. 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 lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two are St.-Helena and the valley's newest AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap District, and Mt. Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable aromatics, a savory palate, and an elegant texture, Syrah is capable of producing fascinatingly complex and long-lived wines with a stunning purple hue. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah’s best examples are found in Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. It is also an important component of the GSM blends of the Southern Rhône and beyond, alongside Grenache and Mourvèdre. Both varietal Syrah and GSM blends are common in Australia and California and are gaining popularity in Washington State. In Australia, Syrah is known by the synonym Shiraz, which tends to indicate a bolder, fruit-driven style of wine, and is occasionally blended with Cabernet Sauvignon for added depth and structure.

In the Glass

At its best, Syrah shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper, smoke, and even bacon fat. Many examples from California aim to recreate this savory style, while others focus more on concentrated fruit flavors. In Australia, under the name Shiraz, it shines as that country’s unofficial signature red grape, producing deep, dark, intense, and often jammy reds.

Perfect Pairings

Cool-climate Syrah, with its peppery spices, is a natural match with flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb dishes, where the spice is more about flavor than heat. With Australian Shiraz, grown in warmer regions, heavy meat dishes with abundant protein and fat are a necessity to match the intensity of the wine.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” this synonym for Syrah has been adopted by winemakers throughout the world. If the label says “Shiraz,” you can typically expect a plush, fruity, and potent wine made in the Australian style. New World "Syrah" will generally more closely resemble the French style.

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