Like previous vintages of this wine, Novelty Hill’s estate vineyard Stillwater Creek is the predominant source for the blend, but Mike Januik also relies on a handful of other top vineyards, including Alder Ridge, Weinbau and Chandler’s Reach, to give the wine added layers and complexity. The wine is composed of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Malbec.
On the nose I get complex aromas of blackberry, dark chocolate, licorice, black plum, black tea, coffee grind, and hints of cedar. A very seductive bouquet with multiple layers to shed and develop over time in the cellar.
On the palate I the wine has a luxurious texture and shows intense flavors of cassis, blackberry, milk chocolate, ripe black cherry, and cedar. It's nicely balanced wine, with beautiful ripeness, and polished tannin. Excellent value at under 30 greenbacks! 92 points