Open 1 hour, RT. Subtle nose with blackberry and blueberry with hint of graphite and hint of cocoa. Light to mid weight with moderate tannins which faded over the evening and some acid. Spice and hint of fruit on palate. Well structured and smooth.
Very nice wine. Nose was mesmerizing in it's subtle notes of dark fruit, spice and complex leather/tobacco notes. Palate was rich, complex, balanced and very long. This drank like a nicely aged 2nd growth from St. Julien.
Black fruit and a hint of smoke on the nose. Blackberries and blueberries are in the lead, with some shades of graphite and spice. Tannins have melted a bit. Not a tremendously complex wine but a nice value for the price. Probably at peak now.
Was a bit thin and tart out of the bottle but what a difference after 90 minute decant. The wine filled in nicely with a bit more fruit coming forward and touches of spice and leather. Not an outstanding wine but certainly a good one and a winner at this price point.
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(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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