2012 Novelty Hill Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Appealing aromas of cocoa, vanilla and spice intermingle with dark fruit. The palate brings plenty of the same, with pleasing richness and texture to the flavors, and lots of hang time on the finish. (SS)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Incorporating 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec, the 2012 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is another terrific wine from this estate that shows the house style with its plump, soft, fruit-forward personality. Giving up lots of currants, licorice, dried herbs and tobacco leaf, I suspect this is best consumed over the coming 4-5 years, but wouldn’t be surprised to see it hold nicely for longer. Mike Januik keeps releasing a bevy of beauties under his Novelty Hill label. These are always fun to drink and extremely well priced. (JD)
Bright, deep red. Subtle floral lift to the aromas of dark cherry, currant, cedar and tobacco. Suave, fine-grained and dry, offering restrained flavors of redcurrant, fresh herbs, menthol and spicy oak. Finishes with suave tannins and subtle lingering sweetness. A fairly sophisticated entry-level Cabernet Sauvignon. (ST)
Wine & Spirits
Dark and coffee-scented, with a plush middle, this ripe red has lavish, caramelly oak flavors to adorn its simple plum fruit. For a barbecue.
This smoky style weaves charred notes through a sleek core of red cherry and red plum flavors that come out the other side with clarity on the finish. Best after 2016. (HS, Web-2015)