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Novelty Hill Columbia Valley Merlot 2016
Region: Columbia Valley, WA
Winery: Novelty Hill
Grapes: 95% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cab Franc
Color: Red
Vintage: 2016
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Description: This was selected by Wine Enthusiast as the best Merlot from Washington State for 5 consecutive years! Deep, rich black cherry, raspberry and mocha aromas and flavors linger beautifully across a long, focused finish. Refined, well-integrated tannins add to the wine’s polish and grace. Mike Januik, Winemaker A combination of punch downs and pumpovers were used to extract color and flavor during the early stages of fermentation Fermentation was finished in barrels to integrate the fruit and oak Gravity-racked to soften and clarify the wine Aged 18 months in both new and one-year-old barrels, predominately French oak


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Wine Spectator 90 FOR THE 2016 VINTAGE
Svelte and polished, with lively red currant, tomato leaf and pepper flavors that take on richness toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2024. 3,948 cases made.