Wines Of The Week - Novelty Hill Merlot And Chardonnay
I tasted four wines from Novelty Hill at the Woodinville Passport weekend and they were all delicious. They all have the signature Januik style and capture the essence of each varietal. I preferred the 2003 Columbia Valley Merlot (about $20) and the 2004 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Chardonnay (about $20) to the 2003 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (about $22) and the 2003 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Syrah (about$28), but they are all excellent wines. The 2003 Columbia Valley Merlot is loaded with ripe berry aromas and flavors. It is medium bodied and balanced with a supple texture. This is a great wine to serve with or without food. It would be perfect with chicken or rack of lamb. The Chardonnay is nice, clean, and fresh, almost crisp. More of a dinner wine - fish or seafood. The hint of citrus and mineral mouthfeel is reminiscent of a European wine. Definitely not California in-your-face vanilla oak and tropical fruit. The consistency and quality of Januik made wines is truly amazing.