Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2007
Three and a half glasses
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Mike Januik started his own winery in 1999 after a ten year run of making outstanding wines for Chateau Ste. Michelle. The 2002 Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception, as Januik believes the 2002 vintage is one of the top four vintages of the past 20 years in the Columbia Valley. Inside this bottle you will find a very classy Cab with lush black cherry and blackberry fruit and supple tannins as the result of a little Merlot and Cabernet Franc added to the blend.
Dense and chewy, with a strong blackberry note that sings out through a layer of firm, peppery tannins and the mocha of oak. Needs time to soften. Best after 2008.
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon delivers aromas of fresh herbs, olives, earth notes, violets, and black currant. Ripe with some structure on the palate, it has good volume and concentration and medium length. Give it 2ndash;3 years of additional bottle age and drink it from 2012 to 2022. Novelty Hill and Stillwater Creek Vineyard are owned by Tom Alberg. The vineyard, located on the Royal Slope of the Frenchman Hills (way off the beaten path), was planted in 2000 and has acquired a reputation for the high quality of its fruit. A year ago the winery moved into its new quarters in Woodinville which it shares with Januik Winery. The Novelty Hill wines are made by the talented Mike Januik. This portfolio over-delivers in a very big way.
This Bordeaux blend brings expressive, dark, tannic, coffee/toasty flavors to the party. The juice is dark and tangy, tight and compact, but fully ripe and balanced nicely against the tannins and natural acidity. The flavors are layered and seamless, rather than floating along the top of the wine and relying on sugar and oak to fill in where the fruit is lacking. This should be your everyday go-to bottle for Cabernet.
Polished and well-knit, offering blueberry, currant and dusky spice flavors, with a hint of roasted red pepper and a touch of licorice as the finish sails along beautifully. Drink now through 2014.
A dark and spicy wine, with streaks of mineral and herb buried within very tart, acidic black fruit. This is complex, quite youthful and tightly woven. I think it will require some years to pull itself together, but the balance is here, in a medium-bodied style, showing some herb, some citrus and plenty of muscle. Tasted over many hours after being decanted, it showed itself to be a wonderful wine that developed multiple layers of flavor.
The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon is purple-colored with aromas of pain grille, pencil lead, earth notes, black currant, and blackberry. On the palate the wine is smooth textured with a solid core of spicy black fruits and good balance with enough structure for 1-2 years of further development. The finish is long and fruit-filled. Drink this excellent Cabernet from 2010 to 2017.
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