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2011 Novy Four Mile Creek Red Wine
The 2011 Four Mile Creek White is a blend Viognier, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Pears, flowers, mint and sweet spices are layered into the plush, inviting finish. This is a ridiculously delicious wine for $13.00. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2013.

2005 Novy Syrah (Santa Lucia Highlands)
Rating: 95
| Editors' Choice Award
Dark and racy, with a Northern Rhône-style aroma of black pepper, cedar and black currants, but there's nothing Rhône-like about the flavor. It's distinctly California, with soft, sweetly ripe tannins bursting with blackberry jam, black currants, anise, vanilla and sweet oak flavors. The wine is fully dry. Absolutely first-rate Syrah. - S.H.

2005 Novy Syrah (Russian River Valley)
Rating: 94
| Editors' Choice Award
Beautiful, irresistible Syrah, lush and sweet in fruit and oak. Soft and velvety, it offers layers of puréed raspberries, cherries, blackberries, blueberries and chocolate, with a rich edge of toasted marshmallow, gingerbread and butterscotch. Yet it's dry, with modest alcohol. - S.H.

2005 Novy Garys' Vineyard Syrah (Santa Lucia Highlands)
Rating: 94
| Editors' Choice Award
Shows the way this vineyard and appellation ripen Syrah so well. Just overpowers the palate with cassis, licorice, leather and dark unsweetened, slightly bitter baker's chocolate, with a potent dose of freshly crushed pepper. So impressive, the perfect expression of great terroir in a great, cool vintage. But it's very tannic. Drink now through 2013. - S.H.

2005 Novy Judge Family Vineyard Syrah (Bennett Valley)
Rating: 90
| Editors' Choice Award
Shows the distinctive crushed pepper aroma of a fine Northern Rhône Syrah, although the wine is much softer than anything from that region. The softness makes it gentle and easy to enjoy now, with its delicious flavors of blackberries, cherries, black raspberries, plums and milk chocolate.

2005 Novy Rosella's Vineyard Syrah
Rating: 92 points
“Ripe black raspberry fruit and good acid structure; long, fresh and delightful" - Anthony Dias Blue

2005 Novy Judge Family Vineyard Bennett Valley Grenache
What sold us: Sonoma Grenache from the non-Pinot label of Pinot pros Adam and Dianna Lee. This particular parcel took its sweet time to ripen: The Lees didn't pick until Nov. 3. But the slow ripeness resulted in a deep, expressive wine with a huge leathery and peppery nose. Opens with a big dose of tarry dark fruit, and a broad finish that sticks with you

2005 Novy Sonoma County Syrah
A meaty syrah with good acidity. Notes of blueberry, blackberry and spice. Great tannic edge.

2004 Novy Page-Nord Vineyard Napa Valley Syrah
This unfined and unfiltered Syrah has soft black fruit with hints of tar, molasses and toast. While the fruit is quite ripe, it remains balanced and easy to drink. more about this wine...

2004 Novy Susan's Vineyard Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands
Rating: 91 points
Firm, dense and beefy, with spicy blackberry and wild berry fruit that's vivid and intense. Picks up exotic spice, espresso bean and pepper notes and finishes with a firm wall of tannins. Best from 2007 through 2012. - J.L.
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2004 Novy Page-Nord Vineyard Napa Valley Syrah
Rating: 92 Points
Intense and concentrated, with a grapey blackberry and wild berry presentation of dark fruit. Well-focused, deftly balanced, with a beam of flavors that's long and vibrant on the finish. Drink now through 2012. 419 cases made.

2004 Russian River Valley Carlisle Vineyard Zinfandel
Rating: 90 Points
Firm and intense, with rich, loamy earthy wild berry, rhubarb, roasted plum and spice, gaining richness and concentration and finishing with a burst of ripe fruit supported by firm tannins. Still, it's the fruit that saturates the palate on the finish. Best from 2007 - 2011. more about this wine...

2003 Novy Rosella's Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah

Has Rhone-like bacon fat aroma plus exotic blackberry and spice. Complex flavors of wild berry, mocha and briar are ripe and lively. A high-octane wine with 15.5 percent alcohol, yet balanced.

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#44 - 2003 Syrah Sonoma County
Adam and Dianna Lee oversee a remarkable lineup of wines: 24 different Pinot Noirs from California and Oregon under the Siduri label and a handful of stellar Syrahs from Novy, which they make with their extended family. The blend here includes grapes purchased from Bennett Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley. 1,116 cases made.
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2003 Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands
Rating: 90 Points
Serves up a tantalizing array of cola, cherry, pomegranate, mineral and wild berry, with a plush texture and a long, rich, detailed finish. Ends with a touch of tobacco. Drink now through 2009. 467 cases made. (JL)

2003 Zinfandel Russian River Valley Papera Ranch
Rating: 90 Points
Deftly balanced, with a mix of currant, raspberry and black cherry fruit that's well-centered. Tightly wound, the fruit flavors flow freely before the tannins weigh in. Drink now through 2009. 46 cases made. (JL)

2003 Zinfandel Russian River Valley Carlisle Vineyard 2003
Rating: 91 Points
Firm, rich and intense, with a solid core of mocha-laced raspberry, wild berry and boysenberry fruit that's tightly focused, ending with dense, yet ripe and plush, tannins and excellent length. Drink now through 2009. 91 cases made. (JL)

2003 Novy Family Wines Grenache Judge Family Vineyard
Rating: 90 points
Drink 2005-2009
The 2003 Grenache Judge Family Vineyard is a full-throttle, sexy effort with an intoxicating perfume of incense, plum liqueur, kirsch, pepper, and spice box. With loads of glycerin, huge body, heady levels of fruit, and a big, expansive, fruit and alcohol-filled finish, it is about as sexy and heady as Grenache can be. Consume it over the next 3-4 years to take advantage of its stunning fruit.

2003 Novy Family Wines Syrah Gary's Vineyard
Rating: 91 points
Drink 2005-2013
The 2003 Syrah Garys' Vineyard, from a cool site in the Santa Lucia Highlands, offers smoky white chocolate, black plum, and raspberry characteristics along with surprising opulence, a deep ruby/purple color, good sweetness and purity, and a long finish. This rich, authoritative 2003 should drink nicely for 7-8 years.

2003 Novy Family Wines Syrah Rosella's Vineyard
Rating: 92 points
Drink 2005-2013
Ratcheting up the level of concentration, complexity, and perfume is the opaque blue/purple-hued 2003 Syrah Rosella's Vineyard. A voluptuous wine with abundant amounts of creme de cassis, blackberry, forest floor, and pen ink aromas, this is a high octane Syrah with fine underlying acidity as well as sweet tannin. This superb example of Central Coast Syrah should drink well for 7-8 years.
2003 Novy Family Wines Syrah
Rating: 90 points
Drink 2005-2010
The dense ruby/purple-colored 2003 Syrah exhibits scents of jammy black currants, berries, smoke, and underbrush. Drink this rich, medium to full-bodied, savory, beautifully textured 2003 over the next 4-5 years.

2002 Novy Page-Nord Vineyard Napa Valley Syrah
Top 100 Wines 2004
A powerful yet balanced Syrah with deep blackberry, black cherry and plum fruit plus mocha and black-spice notes. Smooth, mouth-filling finish.

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