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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Novy Family Russian River Zinfandel 2007

Novy Family WineryFrom the husband and wife team of Adam Lee and Dianna Novy Lee, the makers of the fabulous Siduri Pinot Noirs, comes the enormous, fruity Novy  Russian River Zinfandel 2007. Right out of the bottle it’s a bit hot (and at 15.1 percent, no wonder), but after it sits in the glass or decants for a just a few minutes it smooths out and becomes a mellow, luscious, well-behaved wine. Not the least bit raisiny, it exhibits plenty of dark fruit flavors, primarily plum and blackberry. Absolutely wonderful, a good deal at $19, and in my opinion woefully underrated at 89 points. Seek this one out, Zin lovers.

How the Lees got into winemaking is one of those up-from-the-bootstraps stories that people who dream of having their own wineries can take encouragement from. They both grew up in Texas, and met while they were both working retail at Nieman-Marcus in Dallas, he as the wine buyer and she in the epicurean department. In a nutshell, they fell in love, pooled their resources (a total of $24,000) and worked a one-acre plot in Anderson Valley where their first vintage of Pinot Noir produced 107 cases.

After their wine was in the bottle, they heard that Robert Parker was staying in a hotel in Napa Valley. They dropped off a sample of their effort with the concierge, Parker gave it a 90-point rating, and their wine business was off and running. Not bad for a history major and a marketing major who had to resort to retail!
J. Silverheels Gray, 10:38 PM

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