Wine Wednesday: Novelty Hill Merlot 2011 ($23)

2011 Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Merlot -

This Week In Red Wine Reviews: Novelty Hill Columbia Valley Merlot 2011 ($23) – Buy Wine

“Fresh and vibrant, with cherry, raspberry, white chocolate and spice flavors that zing through a long and expressive finish.” – Wine Spectator


Wine Ratings & Awards

Grape Certified Gold Medal – 2015

Best Red Wines of the Year – 2015

Best Merlot Wines of the Year – 2014

Best Wines Under $25 – 2014, 2015


Wine Expert & Magazine Ratings – 2014

Wine Enthusiast – 90 Points

Wine Spectator – 90 Points


Wine Review

The Columbia Valley is the largest wine-growing region in Washington and encircles a number of smaller famed wine regions, which include: Rattlesnake Hills, Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, and Walla Walla Valley, to name just a few. While many popular wine varieties flourish in this vast and fruitful region, Merlot is the predominant grape variety planted throughout the wine region, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Riesling with a great many more to come.

Enjoy a glass of this highly praised wine. The 2011 Novelty Hill Columbia Valley Merlot, temps wine enthusiasts with its succulent aromas and fresh flavors. Packed with dark cherries, mixed ripe berries, this medium-bodied wine offers a deliciously textured mid-palate feel, with a silky concentrated finish that lasts. Consider laying this wine down for a couple of years.

The 2011 Novelty Hill Columbia Valley Merlot complements an array of dishes, but here are few suggestions to get you started: juicy chargriled ribeye steak with chimichurri sauce or grilled steak and hummus or roasted chicken with caramelized onions and apple honey stuffing or a Moroccan couscous with roasted vegetables. All are terrific company for a bottle.


Wine Region: Columbia Valley, Washington

Wine Grapes: 94% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc

Style: Medium-bodied, Ripe & Expressive

Drinks Like: L’Ecole No. 41 Merlot 2010 ($36), Swanson Vineyards Merlot 2011 ($37)


Food & Wine Pairings: Grilled Steak and Hummus

We hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s wine review. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy today’s Grape Certified Gold wine recommendation but we’re excited for you to try the steak and hummus skewers recipe & wine pairing! If you enjoyed this post don’t forget to like it above and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. Thanks and we’ll see you next week for another edition of Wine Wednesday and Food & Wine Friday. Cheers!


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Grape Certified Gold

A Grape Certified Gold medal winner, the 2011 Novelty Hill Columbia Valley Merlot will tempt your senses for a sip with its ripe dark fruity aromas of plum, cherry and raspberry. A mouthwatering, smooth textured Merlot that continues to eventuate an impressive and elegant, satisfying chocolaty finish. Leaving you thirsty for more. Open a bottle tonight and aerate before savoring, or cellar the bottle of this delicious wine for a couple of years.

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