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Friday, February 15, 2008

Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Novelty_HillI'm a fan of Washington State wines, and Novelty Hill is one of the reasons why. A couple of nights ago I spent an enjoyable evening with the Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, a Columbia Valley wine that sells for about $19.

The wine opened with chocolate and mocha on the nose, followed by flavors of currants and blueberries dusted with cocoa powder. It was medium-bodied, well balanced and elegant, and a pleasure to drink. I'll definitely bring it home again.

Novelty Hill wines were featured in the advertising flyer of a local wine purveyor this week, and the consumer watchdog in me feels compelled to point out that the quoted scores were incorrect. The flyer said that Robert Parker gave the Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 a 94, the '04 Syrah a 90, the '04 Merlot a 90 and the '05 Chardonnay a 93. Parker did like the wines, but not that well: The scores the Wine Advocate actually gave them were 86 for the '04 Cabernet and Merlot, 90 for the '04 Syrah and 87 for the '05 Stillwater Creek Chardonnay.

The Wine Spectator gave the '04 Cab and Merlot 90 points and the Syrah 87. The Wine Enthusiast was characteristically more enthusiastic, and gave the '04 Cab and the '05 Stillwater Creek Chard 93 points and the '04 Merlot 88.

Setting their scores aside, these are simply very good wines for under $20, and well worth trying.
J. Silverheels Gray, 10:09 PM


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