Minimal Intervention. Outstanding Value.

Novy Family Wines is a family enterprise operated by Adam and Dianna Lee (the owners and winemakers of Siduri Wines) as well as other members of Dianna’s extended family. While Siduri is focused on making wine from just one varietal, Pinot Noir, Novy offers the winemaking couple the opportunity to craft single-vineyard Syrah from select vineyards in Napa, Sonoma and the Santa Lucia Highlands. But never one to turn down great fruit – even in small quantities – Novy has also released small bottlings of  Zinfandel, Viognier, Grenache, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.  Like Siduri, Novy purchases grapes from conscientious growers and adheres to the principal of buying grapes by the acre, not the ton. The winemakers literally pay their growers per acre of vineyard in order to control the farming and utilize practices that will inevitably reduce the yields, such as crop thinning. The growers incur no financial loss for doing what’s right in the vineyard, and the winemakers obtain fruit that will make for intense and concentrated wines.  Novy’s goal is to produce wines that express the particular flavors and character of each vineyard site. Winemaking is gentle and non-interventionist; lots are fermented separately and wines are not fined or filtered. For a modest operation in which parents, siblings and in-laws harvest the grapes, take turns with the punch downs and even pitch in with marketing, Novy Family Wines quickly became recognized as a top producer. The Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of the Year included the “stellar” 2003 Novy Sonoma County Syrah. The Wine Spectator also named Novy Family Wines as one of their top “value brands” – wineries that deliver wines that consistently achieve high scores at reasonable prices. 

Wines from this Winery

2010 Novy

2010 Novy "Oley" Late Harvest Viognier (375ml)

The label features a vintage photo of a couple getting married in a bygone era; it’s Dianne Lee’s grandmother, to whom the winemakers dedicate this wine. Perhaps she loved her desserts sweet but fresh, complex and multilayered – like a broskvovi krem of her Czech ancestry, a peach mousse that tantalizes both tongue and brain. In 2010, late-harvested fruit developed botrytis, the “noble rot” that elevates the sugar into ethereal levels of sweetness. Unfortunately, early rains and colder temperatures also stimulated the growth of fungi much less noble and many unacceptable clusters had to be sorted out. Nevertheless, the resulting wine is a rich and exotic pastiche of ripe fruits and honeyed sweetness somewhat low in alcohol that would accompany a wide range of desserts. 

¥ 3,400