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Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2011

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"Supple, spicy and appealing, offering a harmonious balance of dark berry and savory beef tartare flavors, lingering with a sense of elegance. Best from 2015 through 2021...91" WS 10/14

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Novelty Hill Winery:
ABOUT: Novelty Hill welcomes guests to our new, state-of-the-art Woodinville winery and tasting room open daily from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The winery’s contemporary design and surrounding gardens celebrate wine’s agrarian roots and the artistry of fine winemaking, making it a distinctive venue for business or personal use. Join us to taste wines from distinguished winemaker Mike Januik, who works ... Read more
ABOUT: Novelty Hill welcomes guests to our new, state-of-the-art Woodinville winery and tasting room open daily from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The winery’s contemporary design and surrounding gardens celebrate wine’s agrarian roots and the artistry of fine winemaking, making it a distinctive venue for business or personal use. Join us to taste wines from distinguished winemaker Mike Januik, who works with leading Columbia Valley vineyards, including our own estate vineyard Stillwater Creek, to craft Novelty Hill’s Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 03/05/2014

A bit jammy, almost roasted and beefy on the nose with vanilla accents to the blackberry fruit, as well as some toasty wood spice as well. Bright and plump with a lovely ripe mouthfeel and rich black cherry blackberry fruit supported by dusty tannins and solids acids. A subtle hint of wood spice and just a suggestion of herb shows up on the backend, which gains a hint of sweetness that helps the fruit linger on the palate. A lovely, fun style of Cabernet that remains clean and focused. 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 06/05/2009

Always a winner this vintage starts off with a deep cherry nose amply enriched with notes of vanilla, shaved chocolate, herb and oak spice. In the mouth this is rich and velvety with perfectly balanced tannins floating under the masses of blueberry and plum fruit that fills the mouth. The finish shows lots of vanilla and spice but is balanced and long. Serve this with a nice roast Filet Mignon. 91pts


Member Reviews for Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.50 5
Vintage: 2010 03/05/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 02/24/2013

Rich cassis nose. Some stony minerality. Smooth in texture with flavors of plum, dark berry and slight mint. Not super complex, but well constructed. Good balance. Still young and tight. 88 pts. 12/1/12


Snooth User: gntop1
1327591,033
5.00 5
Vintage: 2009 05/19/2013

Five glasses


Snooth User: BeautifulCalamity
7729671,619
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 06/20/2011

Tastey cab.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 09/11/2011

Red licorice candy on the nose along with oak, cherry and currant. On the palate, it's bright and expressive with lots of raspberry, cherry, blackberry and finishing with a hint of smoke. Nicely structured, rich and dense.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 01/28/2012

This has a nice, pretty nose. Loads of flavor with raspberry, cherry, blackberry and sage with some mineral. It has a nice mouthfeel and structure and is rich and velvety. Finishes on a hint of smoke. Lingers. 9/24/11


Snooth User: gntop1
1327591,033
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 05/10/2013

Four glasses


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External Reviews for Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
Vintage: 2009 07/27/2012

A classic, full-bodied Cabernet with dark fruit aromas and a hint of spice. Generous layers of fresh currant, black cherry and ripe blackberry gain concentration across the palate before leaving a balanced, richly-textured impression that lasts.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 04/13/2011

A classic, full-bodied Cabernet with dark fruit aromas and a hint of spice. Generous layers of fresh currant, black cherry and ripe blueberry gain concentration across the palate before leaving a balanced, richly textured impression that lasts.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2007 05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2007 05/22/2011

A meaty, savory style lets its ripe plum and currant flavors submerge themselves in layers of roasted pepper and a smoky, stewlike character. It all lingers on the distinctive finish. Best from 2010 through 2017.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2007 05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2007 05/22/2011

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 2-3 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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2007 05/22/2011

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.


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