Novelty Hill Columbia Valley Merlot 2016

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“Svelte and polished, with lively red currant, tomato leaf and pepper flavors that take on richness toward refined tannins.” 90 Points Wine Spectator

Fresh and expressive, with generous wild cherry, raspberry and mocha aromas and flavors that gain complexity across a richly textured mid-palate. Lush and supple, with a layered finish that lasts. - Mike Januik, Winemaker

The 2016 growing season got off to a fast start with warm spring temperatures that resulted in an early bud break. Temperatures continued to climb into early summer then cooled slightly to slow growing conditions perfectly throughout July and August. Moderate temperatures continued into the fall easing the ripening pace just enough to extend hang time, develop full flavors in the grapes and yield delicious wines that are both powerful and refined with purity of flavors and balanced acidity.

The Columbia Valley is a diverse growing region that provides a wide range of fruit expressions to yield multilayered wines. For this Merlot, winemaker Mike Januik blended barrels from Novelty Hill’s estate vineyard Stillwater Creek on the Royal Slope of the Frenchman Hills, along with select lots from the Horse Heaven Hills and the Tri-Cities area to create a rich, balanced wine.