Pure, bright and harmonious. Transparent ruby color; fruit-centric nose, with blackcurrants on popping, giving way to blackberries, and dark chocolate in the background; pure, clean, rich fruit flavors (black cherries, blackberries, cranberries) with a savory note and bitter coffee as well; chewy but well-balanced tannins, leading into a long, tangy finish with cherries and berries. Delicious - yet another great and well-priced Washington cab.
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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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