Novelty Hill

Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

8.913 ratings
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Columbia Valley, Oregon/Washington, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Isaac Pirolo

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+

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+

Mar 15th, 2018
Ron R
8.9

In Portland so going local (ish).
A very dense, plummy nose. Rich mulberries and a hint of soft brown sugar show on the mid-palette. Soft to medium tannins complete what is a respectable showing.

In Portland so going local (ish).
A very dense, plummy nose. Rich mulberries and a hint of soft brown sugar show on the mid-palette. Soft to medium tannins complete what is a respectable showing.

Feb 15th, 2018
Chris Barnett

Great wine. Complex yet smooth. Falls a little flat at the end. Great price point. Great for a casual night.

Great wine. Complex yet smooth. Falls a little flat at the end. Great price point. Great for a casual night.

Jan 19th, 2018
Eric Herron

2014 vintage. Smooth and balanced. Just enough acid to not be "flabby." Enjoyable. #wine

2014 vintage. Smooth and balanced. Just enough acid to not be "flabby." Enjoyable. #wine

Aug 5th, 2017
Stacey Taplin

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