01 Jul Wine Wednesday: Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Merlot 2011 ($28)
This Week In Red Wine Reviews: Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Merlot 2011 ($20) – Click 2 Buy Wine
“This is a carefully made, almost calculated [red] wine that showcases controlled herbaceousness around tight, crisp black fruits. The mix [of flavors] evokes earth, herb, barrel and grape.” – P.G.
“This [Novelty Hill wine] portfolio over-delivers in a very big way.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Wine Ratings & Awards
2014 Wine Enthusiast – 91 Points
2014 Wine Spectator – 89 Points
2014 THEGRAPE Grape Certified – Gold Medal
The Columbia Valley is the largest wine-growing region in Washington and encircles a number of smaller wine regions, which include: Rattlesnake Hills, Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, and Walla Walla Valley, to name a few. While many popular wine varieties flourish in this vast and fruitful region, Merlot is the main grape varietal planted throughout the wine region, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Riesling with a great many more to come.
The acclaimed 2011 Stillwater Creek Merlot is bright and focused across the mid-palate, with layered flavors that linger through a rich silky finish. Take in the lush fresh cherry, blueberry and ripe plum aromas and flavors that fill the glass and coat the palate. Wine Spectator described the 2011 vintage Stillwater Creek Merlot as, “Dense and focused, offering coffee and cocoa overtones to the dark berry and floral flavors, finishing on a peppery note.”
While you can certainly cellar this delightful red wine, why not enjoy it now with friends and family over dinner? The 2011 Stillwater Creak Merlot pairs well with roast beef or roasted chicken seasoned with herbs, and a side of vegetables; your favorite vegan chili; or something a little more exotic, like duck with a cherry and red wine vinegar sauce.
Wine Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Wine Grapes: 86% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec
Style: Full-bodied, Opulent, Rich & Silky
Food & Wine Pairings: Roasted Chicken w/ Vegetables & Herbs – View Recipe
Aroma & Flavor
Grape Certified Gold
If not now, when? It’s time to buy and sample the 2011 Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Merlot, a terrific bottle of red wine to enjoy with close friends, gather around a fire-pit, eat and be merry. Let the beautiful overt dark fruity aromas and flavors charm your senses as the wine warms the palate and coats the throat. Savor the silky texture as notes of herbs, earthy elements, espresso, and chocolate linger on the palate. Open a bottle of this delicious and Grape Certified Gold 2011 Merlot this week or store in a cellar for a later date.