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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The estate vineyard Merlot includes a splash of Cabernet and Petit Verdot; it's beefed up considerably from the regular Columbia Valley Merlot. More muscle and weight translates more to a stylistic choice than a better wine; both Merlots are substantial and satisfying, with much more flesh to the red fruit flavors, and the tannic backbone to carry the wine through a smooth finish.
"The dark ruby-colored 2006 Merlot Columbia Valley offers up aromas of spice box, black cherry, and cassis. Elegant on the palate, it has plenty of spicy fruit, savory flavors, and good length. This tasty effort will drink well through 2016."
The Wine Advocate
"Rich and ripe, with a tarry edge to the dried cherry and dark plum flavors, finishing with spice and pepper. Drink now through 2013. 2,980 cases made. "
Novelty Hill is a small, independent winery crafting limited quantities of elegant wines from Washington State's finest vineyards. Committed to delivering consistent, high quality wines through careful nurturing from vine to bottle, they are dedicated to using innovative clonal selection, sound viticultural practices and gentle, artisan winemaking to produce wines of uncompromising character.
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which...Read More About Columbia Valley
No second fiddle
Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...Read More About Merlot
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