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
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.
$45. — 13 days ago
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
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
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