Color of bubbly egg white. Nose of honey , a bit gasoline, pineapple, and actually a bit nutty and oaky note. Taste is sweet honey, some zesty peel, Sprite, citrus, lemonade like flavor, light yet refreshing. Aftertaste is a bit short, but definitely a crowd pleaser. — 15 days ago
Stout acidity, fine-grained tannins, and pushes out a firm attack and mid-palate. Up front, this is dense and loaded with fruit. The finish falls a little short, but can’t expect everything with 100% Syrah. Tons of dark plums, boysenberries, cracked black pepper, smoked lebanon bologna, violets, cloves, vanilla and chocolate. More olive brine characteristics as it sees air. Good QPR. — 19 hours ago
Brilliant clarity, yellow in color. Stone fruit and floral notes in nose. Tart apple, peach and minerality in mouth, slight tactile spritz on finish, more skin astringency and tartaric crystals than Malo, semidry. First time I've had the varietal, surprisingly tasty. Might go well with food too — 11 days ago
One of my favorite Syrah’s, especially considering how reasonably it’s priced. Beautiful dark magenta color and texture, medium staining with some small sediment. Nose sees tight, dried blue and black berries, funky cured meat, maybe some wet rocks. Palette sees more jammy blue and red berries, medium tannins, medium acid, medium+ alcohol. Nice WA Syrah (with 5% Grenache) made in an old world style. — 18 days ago
Purple tinges. Youthful looking even at 13 years of age. Probably should have decanted over an hour before drinking rather than 30 Minutes. A little closed on the bouquet initially. On palate there are unbelievably silky velvety tannins - oak is totally integrated with the plum and blackberry. Still with a future. Not particularly Bordeaux-like but the silkiness and balance are winners. Thoroughly delicious. Next in 1 to 2 years. — 4 days ago
This is our favorite and we have to travel 4 hours to get it from the nearest store since there’s no shipping to our state. We buy it by the case!! — 4 days ago
It is time for my Friday's Cabernet fix. This time it's one from Columbia Valley.
Inky in color with a short purple rim.
Fruity nose with blackberries, blueberries, cherries, licorice, oak, earth, spices, leather, tobacco, chocolates and black pepper. Pretty much a California Cabernet nose.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, black currants, oak, vanilla, cloves, tobacco, dark chocolates, peppercorn and spices.
Medium plus on the finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a nice surprise for me. A great Cabernet from Washington State, from the house of Charles Smith. Showing nice complexity and well balanced with a great mouthfeel.
Good by itself as a sipping wine, which is how I had it, and will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.
Drinking nicely now, but needs a year or two to mature. Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (30 minutes).
Robert Parker 92 points.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$15. — 19 days ago
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+ — 7 days ago