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Novy Nebbiolo and Siduri Pinots

siduri1Adam Lee and his wife Diana are the family behind the Siduri and Novy labels that hail from Santa Rosa, California.  They do not own vineyards; rather, they source grapes from growers with whom they contract.  These contracts allow for some influence on the vines.  Siduri is the label they dedicate to Pinot Noir and the Novy wines encompass Chardonnay, Syrah, Zinfandel and Grenache.  It is also the label they use for “hobby wines”.  Diana has a late-harvest Viognier (which I have not tasted) and Adam’s is the Nebbiolo from Stolpman Vineyard.

Today was my first opportunity to try Adam’s homage to Piedmont from the 2006 vintage.  Anise was the most prominent aroma.  The tannins had a good deal of grip, but they were not aggressive.  It’s body was no fuller than some of the Pinot Noir on offer.  For me, it redefined the potential quality of an Italian grape grown in California.

The most striking Pinot Noir was the 2007 Muirfield Vineyard from the Willamette Valley.  The vintage was made very difficult by rain throughout the harvest and I’ve been underwhelmed by the majority its produce.  Adam and Diana chose to “bleed off” twenty percent of the juice from the first pressing, resulting in a more concentrated wine.  The result is a very complex, earthy Pinot Noir that lingered long on the palate

.Adam Lee and Jeff Birkemeier


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Tasting Notes

Is it possible to describe wine in verse without sounding like an ass?  I have yet to be convinced otherwise, but the notes do serve the purposes of comedy.

Here is one author’s description of the 2004 Alaia from Spain:

“dark garnet red color with a fairly light core going out into a fine pinkish rim definition with medium viscosity. On the nose, there is a blast of very meaty ripe red and black fruit, gamy hints of elder fruit, sloe clusters, crushed loganberries and hints of roast beef, violet pastilles and sweet licorice.

The palate is rich and ripe bursting with rustic black fruit flavors that intermingle with loganberries, bramble fruit and ripe raspberries. It shows interesting characteristics through the mid-palate with soft, almost silky smooth, tannins, that have just a touch of the French oak this wine was aged in. The powerful finish has tons of English licorice and star anise and good length.”

Loganberries?  Crushed, of course! If my descriptions of wine ever turn this ridiculous, please call me out and make fun of me incessantly.

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