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In Noval’s lineup, this is quickly becoming the one to grab because the quality is high and the price is low ($23 – on sale for $9.99!). It is becoming a repetitive overachiever. Despite containing only 10% Syrah, it has that trademark Syrah earthiness on the nose. Tightly wound, crisp and earthy, it is beautifully wrought and quite age worthy. Juicy and remarkably flavorful on the finish, thanks to the acidity, it is a fine achievement at this price level and one of the better values in the vintage.

The only problem for Noval is that many will wonder why they should trade up to the winery’s prestige wines at several times the Cedro’s price. There isn’t much question about one thing, however – this is a fine value, a big, relatively deep and powerful Cedro that doesn’t disappoint. The alcohol does sometimes pop its head up (only 14% listed, though) and at other times is not at all noticeable. There were 4,000 cases produced. Drink until 2022.

2009 Cedro do Noval

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