Novelty Hill Merlot 2012 (Columbia Valley, Washington) - [WE 90]

Novelty Hill Merlot 2012
(Columbia Valley, Washington) - [WE 90]

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About This Wine:

Tasting Notes:
An aromatic wine with notes of market-fresh cherries, cocoa, currant and vanilla. Medium-full on the palate with a wonderful backbone of ripe cherry, berry and subtle notes of spiced chocolate that carry through on the elegant, satisfying finish. - Mike Januik, Winemaker

The 2012 vintage produced impeccable wines thanks to a near perfect growing season. Spring 2012 temperatures were relatively cool but rose quickly, and by summer the weather was remarkably consistent. Early July temperatures were warm and stayed that way through harvest. Small berries packed with intense flavor matured beautifully, and the resulting flavor profiles were spot-on.

The Columbia Valley is a diverse growing region that provides a wide range of fruit expressions to yield multi-layered 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 Horse Heaven Hills to create a richly textured wine.


• During early fermentation, pumpovers were used to extract color and flavor
• Fermentation was finished in barrels to integrate the fruit and oak
• Gravity-racked to soften and clarify the wine
• Aged 20 months in new and used barrels, predominately French oak

Total Cases: 2,723
Blend: 97% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.4%
pH: 3.68
Total Acidity: 0.54 g/100 ml

Ratings & Reviews

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"Plum and especially blueberry fruit compels your interest immediately. It’s cloaked in precisely focused tannins that frame an extended, lightly chocolaty finish." - Paul Gregutt (7/1/2014)

90 Points - Wine Spectator (2011 Vintage):
"Fresh and vibrant, with cherry, raspberry, white chocolate and spice flavors that zing through a long and expressive finish. The sharp edge needs softening by cellaring. Best from 2016 through 2019. 1,976 cases made." – HS (Dec 15, 2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2010 Vintage):
"Looking at the Bordeaux varieties and a soft, straightforward and quaffable effort, the 2010 Merlot possesses solid cherry, underbrush and spice aromas and flavors, medium body and a clean finish that has solid length. Drink it over the coming handful of years. Drink now-2016." - Jeb Dunnuck (Jun 2013)