2010 Novelty Hill Columbia Valley Merlot
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.
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.
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.