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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 8 
ProducerNovelty Hill (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationColumbia Valley
UPC Code(s)856512002137

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2017 (based on 4 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.7 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 48 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Tomportwine on 12/26/2014 & rated 88 points: good well balanced, not complex (489 views)
 Tasted by peeno on 1/17/2014 & rated 88 points: Spicy, licorice, mild heat but much smoother finish than the previous bottle. Served through an aerator may have opened it up. (1403 views)
 Tasted by peeno on 12/23/2013 & rated 87 points: Licorice, a little heat with slightly sour finish. (1388 views)
 Tasted by memphishusky on 11/11/2013: Drinking really well. (1495 views)
 Tasted by Klaas and Sholine on 11/4/2013 & rated 94 points: Tannins softened, silky good, cherry and prune (1600 views)
 Tasted by RGCM Gananda on 9/20/2013 & rated 90 points: Black cherry and smoke on the nose. Full bodied, but very smooth and round after being open for an hour and a half. Black cherry and raspberry note on the mid-palette, finishing with a hint of red fruit. Good, but not great complexity. Still has very solid fruit quality five years in. Has the structure to improve over the next year of two. A very solid value and a nice wine. (1329 views)
 Tasted by tantal on 11/7/2012: Very nice, with soft friut a slightly creamy middle, and smooth finish. Buy more when I can. (1956 views)
 Tasted by MWZ on 8/5/2012 & rated 89 points: Wonderful. Good structure, Subtle finish. Great QPR (2159 views)
 Tasted by jcbrand on 5/20/2012 & rated 89 points: Good balance, soft fruit. (2465 views)
 Tasted by Issaquah Mark on 5/1/2012: Very oaky, just like last time. (2563 views)
 Tasted by rscarcelle on 4/30/2012 & rated 88 points: good wine for the price, nice finish (2324 views)
 Tasted by Bronco95 on 4/15/2012 & rated 84 points: No fruit upfront. Rating in wine spectator is way off. (1648 views)
 Tasted by forcumba on 3/31/2012 & rated 89 points: Good wine drinking well now. With Vinturi. Lots of wood and leather on the nose with a fair bit of alcohol. Mellows out with a little time, dark cherry on the palate, pretty full body and a dry long finish. (1710 views)
 Tasted by bzukaitis on 2/24/2012: Good WA Cab. (1955 views)
 Tasted by BrandrB on 12/17/2011 & rated 90 points: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. Very dark and dense red-purple color. Dark red berries and spice aromas. Full-bodied palate showing ripe flavors of blackberry, cherry, and smoky spices. Very well balanced. Beautiful long earthy/dusty finish. A well constructed wine and my favorite from Novelty Hill. A relatively good value too. Superb! (2161 views)
 Tasted by Issaquah Mark on 12/7/2011 & rated 86 points: Tasty Cab, good QPR, but a bit too much oak on this. Decant for at least 30-60 minutes, let the wood blow off a bit. (2524 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 11/11/2011 & rated 84 points: Washington State Tasting (The Wine Club, Santa Clara, California): Dark purple red violet color; high pitched, olive, tart black fruit, prune nose; odd, ripe but dull, tart black fruit, olive palate with almost no acidity; medium finish (2369 views)
 Tasted by La Cave d'Argent on 10/19/2011 & rated 88 points: This opaque crimson wine (a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc) was splash-decanted and serially tasted over three hours. The nose opens over the first hour to show moderately intense aromas of cassis, licorice and exotic spices. Full-bodied on the palate, with low-to-medium acidity, medium sweet tannins and well-integrated alcohol (which is listed as 14.4%). Unfortunately, the middle palate thins a bit and the resurrected finish is a bit terse. There is a lot to like about this wine, and it is certainly enjoyable now. It falls short of the mark, however, based upon the middle and the end. Perhaps these deficiencies will be mitigated with a bit of cellaring, but I would not necessarily buy this wine with the intent of cellaring (as it is enjoyable now and is reasonably priced). Drink now-12/18. (2833 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 10/16/2011: This is very good stuff. I love the nose of cedar/cigar box (depending on what your cigar box is made of I suppose) and it's an easy drinking wine. Still some tannins, nice finish, and basically just makes me want more. I intended on just one glass tonight but I see more in my future. If this is representative of a good QPR WA cab I'm going to be expanding my experience with that region. (2865 views)
 Tasted by VegasOenophile on 9/24/2011 & rated 89 points: This has a nice, pretty nose. Loads of flavor with raspberry, cherry, blackberry and sage with some mineral. It has a nice mouthfeel and structure and is rich and velvety. Finishes on a hint of smoke. Lingers. (2084 views)
 Tasted by VegasOenophile on 9/10/2011 & rated 89 points: Red licorice candy on the nose along with oak, cherry and currant. On the palate, it's bright and expressive with lots of raspberry, cherry, blackberry and finishing with a hint of smoke. Nicely structured, rich and dense. (2837 views)
 Tasted by stevewinebets on 9/1/2011 & rated 86 points: Good fruit on the nose and palate. An easy drinking every day wine that is already approachable (2756 views)
 Tasted by pbard on 4/18/2011 & rated 89 points: Dark fruit and moderate oak on the nose, fair modicum of same on the palette, but with a vegetal component that adds bitterness that detracts from the experience. Long finish, however, to it's credit. Tannins are smooth. May need some time. (2915 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, November/December 2011, IWC Issue #159
(Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (11/11/2011)
(Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon) Dark purple red violet color; high pitched, olive, tart black fruit, prune nose; odd, ripe but dull, tart black fruit, olive palate with almost no acidity; medium finish  84 points
By Sean Sullivan
Washington Wine Report (5/10/2011)
(Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley) Pleasingly aromatic with toast, spice, butterscotch, herbal notes, and red and black fruit. The palate is big and intensely flavorful. A thoroughly delicious, rich wine with a lingering finish. 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc. Stillwater Creek, Alder Ridge, Weinbau and Chandlerís Reach vineyards. 14.4% alcohol. 4,846 cases produced.  **** 1/2 points
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Washington Wine
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

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Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Washington produces more than 20 wine grape varieties - a ratio of 56 percent white to 44 percent red. As the industry matures and experiments, it finds many grape varieties that thrive throughout Washington's microclimates. There are more than 16,000 vineyard acres of red wine varieties statewide.

History & Vintages
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Columbia Valley

Columbia Cascade Winery Association

The Columbia Valley AVA lies mostly in Washington state, with a small section in Oregon. The Cascade Range forms its western boundary with the Palouse regions bordering the area to the east. To the north, the Okanogan National Forest forms a border with the AVA and Canada. It encompasses the valleys formed by the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Walla Walla River, the Snake River, and the Yakima River. The Columbia valley stretches between the 46th parallel and 47th parallel which puts it in line with the well known French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The northern latitude gives the areas two more hours of additional daylight during the summer growing season than wine regions of California receive. The volcanic and sandy loam soil of the valley offers good drainage and is poor in nutrients, ideal in forcing the vine to concentrate its resources into the grape clusters.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley Winery Association

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