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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 2009, IWC Issue #147, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Sean Sullivan
    9/30/2009, (See more on Washington Wine Report...) *** 1/2 points

    (Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley) 2006 has some palate coating oak, in a pleasant way. The wine largely pulls it off. Starts with a very plush entry before pulling back a bit and getting a slightly sharp element that lingers on the palate. A lot to swirl around and ponder over. Fun earthy elements. A good palate with the exception of the slight dip in the mid-palate. On the 2006, chilled back to 62 degrees. A lot of toasted oak and spice aromas. Black pepper and earth are still there. Does seem to show a lot of Cab Franc influence strangely. The taste seems considerably more thin when the wine is cooler. It becomes richer on the palate as it warms up. Tannins definitely pull back here on a more acid-driven, oak-textured wine. 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. I KNEW there was some Cab Franc in this wine :). 3,832 cases produced. 14.4% alcohol.

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