Wine Wednesday: Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 ($26)

Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

This Week In Red Wine Reviews: Novelty Hill Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 ($26)

Supple, spicy and appealing, offering a harmonious balance of dark berry and savory beef tartare flavors, lingering with a sense of elegance.” – Wine Spectator


Wine Ratings & Awards

2014 Wine Spectator  – 91 Points

2014 Wine Enthusiast – 90 Points

2014 THEGRAPE Grape Certified – Gold Medal


Wine Review

For those of us who aren’t familiar with Washington wines, or know the names of their wine regions, Columbia Valley represents a diverse growing wine region that provides a wide range of fruit expression. Like previous vintages of this wine, veteran vintner Mike Januik relies on Novelty Hill’s estate vineyard, Stillwater Creek, as the main source for this blend, combined with fruit from a handful of other top vineyards selected to intensify the wine’s complexity and mouth feel.

The venerated Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, takes us on a journey where we are able to experience an expressive and polished, full-bodied Cabernet with layers of ripe dark fruit, including blackberry, cherry and currant. Balanced, rich and full on the palate, this wine leaves us with a finish that lasts. Wine Enthusiast described the 2011 vintage as, Tight and quite dry, this mixes dried herbs with wild blackberry and boysenberry fruit flavors. The ample acidity underscores just-ripe-enough tannins; but overall what most impresses is the wine’s balance, tension and length.”

Enjoy now or lay down for several years, this Cabernet makes a great addition to a weekend barbecue with family and friends, perfect for summer. Satisfying on its own, it’s even better when paired with good food. We recommend herb crusted pork rib roast with red wine sauce or cheese potato sausage casserole. For our pescetarian and vegetarian aficionados we recommend salmon steaks with pesto butter or tomato basil pasta with fresh baked bread and cheese.


Wine Region: Columbia Valley, Washington

Wine Grapes: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 3% Malbec

Style: Full-bodied, Rich & Layered

Drinks Like: Honig Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) 2011 ($45), Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2010 (Columbia Valley) ($40)


Food & Wine Pairings: Cheesy Potato Sausage Casserole – View Recipe

Cheesy Potato & Sausage Casserole With Wine - THEGRAPE


No Average Cab
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  • Consistency
  • Price
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Grape Certified Gold

‘Not your average Cab,’ is exactly how we’d describe this wine. Cabs from Washington tend to have an airy and unique appeal, causing one to sit back, reflect, and talk about the aromas, flavors and character of the wine. Savor blackberry, black cherry, raspberry and herb flavors offset by notes of currant and spice, with an echo of smokiness in the distance. Open and appreciate this bone-dry beauty and Grape Certified Gold 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon or store for a later time. Depending on preference, give the wine a little time to breathe before you enjoy.

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