Columbia Valley, Oregon Washington

Novelty Hill

Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Novelty Hill borrows from the ancient Latin phrase In Novale Novello, “in virgin ground I plant young vines,” for its name. I didn’t realize that there aren’t vines on the actual Novelty Hill in Washington (located about 5 miles east of Redmond). Oh well, so much for my Hill vs Hill face-off with Pritchard Hill’s Bryant Family. This 2014 Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon talks some serious smack, and even brings a serious punch, but that would have been Go-Karts vs Formula One. That said, this is one hell of a Go-Kart. In the low $20s, my first comparison is to Charles Smith’s Substance Cs, and this blows the doors off that wine, and more than justifies its slightly higher price-point. Jumps out of the glass with black cherry, cassis, mocha, licorice, and a heavily spiced cranberry potpourri, while still managing to weave in a savory undertone that emphasizes the noticeable balance. Washington offers extraordinary value across the board, but this is a value even by Washington standards. 92+ — 3 days ago

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Wow. And I really like Cs!
Isaac Pirolo

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@TheSkip Seek this out. I’m curious what you’d think about it.
Bill Bender

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Me too @TheSkip meeee toooooo! C’s are the best.


Descendant Wahluke Slope Red Blend 2014

This was good. I have had other Warr-King I like better but honestly wish I’d given this bottle a couple more years to evolve. All the same it is lovely and balanced and dark berry-oak tannin rich and the perfect foil to a farro stew! — 11 hours ago

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Gorman Winery

42-39-56 Red Mountain Rosé Blend 2016

Best rose I’ve had in awhile! Great heft and body to this wine. Candied cherries, Meyer lemon, balanced acid, clean finish. Perfect drinker for spring! — 2 days ago

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Mullan Road Cellars

Columbia Valley Red Blend 2014

Let's end the weekend with a bang, with this delicious red blend.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Great nose of dark fruits, blackberries, figs, raisins, cooked plums, cherries, black currants, oak, vanilla, cedar, leather, chocolates, tobacco, licorice, peppercorn, spices and graphite.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, black cherries, chocolates, smoke, licorice, oak, vanilla, earth, leather, coke, coffee, peppercorn, spices and light vegetables.

Medium plus in finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice surprise. A great red blend from Washington State. Showing great balance and mouthfeel. Spicy and still hot at the back of the throat with a nice finish.

Drinking nicely now, and will get even better in the next 5 years.

Good by itself or with food like BBQ steak. Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up.

Robert Parker 91 points.

A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec. Aged in French and American Oak barrels. 146 barrels produced.

This is a delight.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 13 days ago

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Quilceda Creek

Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Jesse Pender

In amazing shape for 13 years old. Tannins were firm and plentiful. Seems like I missed the sweet spot on this wine and might have been better to drink at 10 years or younger. — 6 days ago

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Bob McDonald

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@Jesse Pender Thanks for the tip. I have a couple of these 2005 and the odd older one. Sounds like I need to pop sooner rather than later.
Jesse Pender

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Sure they will still age and hold up just fine. I typically just prefer to drink wines at their peak rather than in the older graceful age.

Browne Family Vineyards

Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc 2014

Fantastic Cab Franc! Went well with my attempt at paella. — 7 days ago

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Looks yummy! Cheers! 🍷

Andrew Will

Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc 2015

A northwestern Cabernet Franc to pair with our second Nor'easter in less than a week...

A lovely wine, great nose of dusty blackberry with pencil shavings, no green notes at all. The palate has solid varietal profile, dark chocolate, raspberry, strawberry (light), medium-light acid with mid level tannins. For $33 this is a great bottle, showing wonderful after only a 30 minute decant.
— 10 days ago

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David T

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Another weekend of Nor’easter. Yikes. Get out that shovel. Load up on food and good wine settle in.
Severn Goodwin

Severn Goodwin

This is a snowblower storm, about 10" out there already, forecast predicts 16-22", still snowing hard, but I'm doubtful we'll get that much. Weatherman doesn't have a good track record this season in my opinion. Plenty of wine here, no one will go thirsty.
David T

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Ouch! Stay safe & warm.

L'Ecole No. 41

Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

In a very good place. Not sure it will get better but very enjoyable from opening now. — 5 days ago

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Ryan Vento

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Pretty solid wine (and producer).


Weinbau Vineyard Wahluke Slope Syrah

After a little digging through a solid, yet obnoxiously overpriced list I happened upon this one. Have had a few Januik wines over the years and nice to find one with a little age. While still way over priced it was a terrific bottle, pleasing everyone at the table. — 10 days ago

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Optu Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Last tried this 2 years ago and it showed beautifully then with similar notes this evening. After a 90 minute decant the plum, spice and tobacco notes were front and center. In the glass a dark purple hue and the palate, more plum, blackberry and very fine-grained tannins ride along the finish. Have had a few of these Fidelitas offerings now, serious stuff and great value here. — 14 days ago

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Hrm. I was unimpressed with what I got from Garagiste on mystery meat offering. I have one more bottle I will pay more attention to.
Kirk Feyereisen

Kirk Feyereisen

@TheSkip it is no Quilceda but with a little air I dug it.