Adam 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