This a beautiful rich merlot. Drinks like a Cabernet Sauvignon . I am impressed! Rich buttery mouthfeel. Dark rich fruity flavors. Balanced in every way! Try it! You will not be disappointed. — 2 months ago
Nicely balanced not too big but still good fruit. A but of a watery finish. — 3 years ago
Drinking nice right now and well beyond it price point — 4 years ago
At Cru with the Dicksons — 9 months ago
Matt really likes. Dry, tannic, still light on the palette, so not as robust or rounded as a cab, but some similarities. Malbecs are Leigh's go to steak wine. — 3 years ago
Smooth full bodied cab — 4 years ago
Novelty Hill and Januik share wineries out of Woodinville, WA. Both wineries are managed by Mike Januik and specialize in premium varietal clones. The Columbia Valley AVA is the largest AVA in Washington State. Even though Washington is much further north than California, the peak ripening in most grapes occurs slightly later than CA. This one is a kitchen sink wine, that is predominately Merlot (59%) but also contains Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, Sangiovese, and Mourvèdre. Someone must have thought this one was past its prime, but I feel like the drinkability continues - picked up at Total Wine. ~$17 | #noveltyhill #columbiavalley #totalwine
On the eyes: Deep rusty red, bright and clear, med+ stain, med+ tears, no gas/floc.
On the nose: Funky stewed blueberry, black cherry, raspberry, with a hint of hay, and earthy mustiness. Med+ alcohol.
On the tongue: Med+ acid, med tannin, med+ alcohol, med+ body. Stewed black cherry and raspberry, raisin, white pepper, hint of spice, licorice, and woodsy finish. Tart on the way down, nice long finish. — 4 years ago
Not nearly as sweet as previous vintages (thank God). Fruity, slightly floral, and chalky aromatics. Strong berry fruit and minerality for taste and a crisp finish. I'm currently at a Rose tasting party, and so far this is my fav; I hope it's not sold out. 70% Syrah 18% Grenache 12% Mourvedre — a year ago
Better than expected. Extremely smooth. Tannins fully resolved and the fruit, spice, and oak are all fully integrated. There's a really cool choclateness prevalent from sniff to swig. Another winner in the QPR department. — 3 years ago
Lovely. Chocolate, dark berries. Amy loves. Spicy peppery. Would drink all the time. — 4 years ago