2010 Novelty Hill Columbia Valley Merlot

SKU #1139776 91 points Wine Spectator

 Dark, deep, round and expressive, roiling with black cherry, smoke and meat flavors, persisting on the finish. This is coming together nicely. Drink now through 2018. 1,250 cases made.  (10/2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Looking at the Bordeaux varieties and a soft, straightforward and quaffable effort, the 2010 Merlot possesses solid cherry, underbrush and spice aromas and flavors, medium body and a clean finish that has solid length. Drink it over the coming handful of years. Drink now-2016.  (6/2013)

Wine Enthusiast

 A smooth, almost satiny Merlot, with generous flavors of plum and cassis. The ample fruit is wrapped in darker flavors, providing a coating streaked with licorice, dusted with coffee grounds and finished with chocolate.  (11/2013)

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.4