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Novelty Hill Merlot Stillwater Creek Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot 2005

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Wine Tasting Notes Deep, rich black cherry, raspberry and mocha aromas and flavors linger beautifully across a long, focused finish. Refined, well-integrated tannins add to the wines polish and grace.

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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 Merlot Stillwater Creek Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,700
4.50 5
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 Merlot Stillwater Creek Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot

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Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
4.50 5
05/11/2009

Bramble and mushroom aromas - the wine has a nice mustiness. Its mineral and balanced and not overly fruity (although there is a little licorice on the finish). Very nice overall.


Snooth User: william344
80622165
4.00 5
01/10/2009

The wine I am rating is Novelty Hill "Red Wine' it is a blend - but I could not find it on snooth. Nose is not really all that appealing.... very alcohalic smell.... but the taste is WONDERFUL (particularly on the front end). Very smooth and just a little sweet - but not overbearing. Slght oak flavors, but not as much as I would prefer. Big bg flavor and richness. Wonderful wine at or around the 15$ price range!


Snooth User: Kheldarstl
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0.00 5
01/22/2010

I had at a local wineshop's weekly tasting, Aroma - Nice cherry, chocolate, vanilla, and black cherry notes Taste - Complex, cherry, chocolate, vanilla, earth, tobacco, black cherry, nice long finish 45 seconds plus -excellent Merlot. All in all an excellent wine, I have tasted several of Novelty Hills options and have bbeen overall pleased with them... I would be interested in hearing from the winemaker what their philosophy is since I believe them to produce some very complex, well balanced wines reminiscent of French wines.


Snooth User: strikingvisage
14430876
3.50 5
03/01/2009

Big, fruity nose with cherry, diacetyl, and minor notes of herbs, oak, and vanilla. Cherry fruit and chocolate on the palate with light, chalky, dusty tannin. Decent balance with a little spice and more oak and vanilla in the finish.


Snooth User: andywhom
14192529
4.00 5
06/02/2009

nice cab at this pricepoint, needs a little time to open but is then a very smooth mouthful of anice and blackberry with a fairly long finish


Snooth User: john4wine
2043663
0.00 5
08/19/2009

the notes here talk about Cabernet...?? Is there a mixup on what's referenced?

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  • External Reviews for Novelty Hill Merlot Stillwater Creek Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot

    External Review
    05/19/2011

    Ripe and toasty, with a root beer note adding interest to the blackberry and leather flavors, hinting at licorice on the firm finish. Best after 2009.


    External Review
    01/17/2009

    Wine Tasting NotesDeep, rich black cherry, raspberry and mocha aromas and flavors linger beautifully across a long, focused finish. Refined, well-integrated tannins add to the wines polish and grace.


    External Review
    05/19/2011

    Dark, tangy style has a layer of peppery smoke around a jazzy core of blackberry and cherry flavors, finishing with chunky tannins. Best after 2008.


    External Review
    05/19/2011

    Despite chunky tannins, this has a level of elegance that makes the raspberry and smoky chocolate flavors sing sweetly. Lingers nicely on the finish. Drink now through 2012.


    External Review
    05/19/2011

    Good ruby-red. Redcurrant and tobacco on the nose. Sweet, broad and lush, with very ripe red fruit flavors nicely framed by sweet tannins.


    External Review
    05/19/2011

    The 2005 Merlot is medium ruby-colored with aromas and flavors of red currants and cherry. Drink this solid, well-balanced effort over the next 6 years.


    External Review
    11/08/2013

    If Washington “owns” Merlot as a category in the U.S. (not that anyone cares at the moment), this confirms it. You get ripe, sweet, tangy red berry fruit, fresh acids, ripe tannins and toasty oak; there may not be a better value in the country. The way the oak is used is magnificent and adds layer after layer to the extended finish.


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