P&P through an aerator, swirled for a good 30-60 seconds before taking a whiff. In the glass it is a dark ruby color with just a very slight brown tinge towards the edge, indicating that this vintage is in its prime drinking window right now. May start to go downhill within another year or two. And then for the sniffy sniff - WOW! Beautiful scents of strawberry, blackerry, currants, and...I know this is going to sound weird for a cab...but an a very subtle aroma of a fresh buttered croissant! The fruit in this wine is delicious, perfectly ripe, only slightly oaked, with silky smooth tannis that coat the front palate with a 20 second finish. I would say this has maybe a few (1-2) good years left in it before it starts heading downhill. This is a phenomenal wine for what I paid for it ($15) and the wait has definitely paid off! This drinks like a $50 Napa cab, easily.
This was the 4th bottle I've tried and tied for the best so far. I agree with Sniffy Sniff that this tastes like a big Napa cab more than a more reserved Washington cab. This is not to say that the wine is a fruit bomb though. The tannins and acidity and fruit are in near perfect balance and the taste is unmistakably classic cabernet sauvignon. Great qpr too!
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(Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley) On the nose, a bit muted at the moment (no surprise given that it's a 2007). Chocolate along with spice (can't quite pick up what it is, a bit of anise perhaps?) and some pleasing herbal elements. Fairly acid driven on a taste that is very evenly balanced across the palate. A powdered chocolate element on the nose along with a bit more tannin structure. Smooth and even. The nose has lots of cherry, black pepper, and an under layer of anise. Definitely more of a chocolate and anise component on the nose and taste than I get on the 2006. I like the nose more on the 2006 but like the palate a bit more on the 2007. Retrying after decanting, a lot of great stuff on the nose. I think the 2007 has a bit more upside, although the 2006 is tasting better right now with another year in the bottle. The 2007 carries more completely across the palate. I also get, as this wine opens up, a light egg component on the nose. Perhaps from egg fining? 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc; 1% Petit Verdot. 3,964 cases produced. 14.4% alcohol.
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