Novelty Hill, Columbia Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
91 points and a Smart Buy, Wine Spectator
Bright and expressive, offering a velvety mouthful of raspberry, cherry, blackberry and sage flavors, finishing with a hint of smoke. Shows depth and persistence. Drink now through 2018. 4,846 cases made. (10/11)
If you don't recognize the Novelty Hill label, it may help to know that the wines are made by Mike Januik, whose eponymous label is one of the best of the Pacific Northwest. For the past six vintages this wine has received 90+ ratings from the Wine Spectator, landing on the magazine's Top 100 list in 2006 and 2003.
The 2008 is generous, with black currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit on the nose and palate, savory herbs and tobacco, plus a rich, but balanced texture.
A stunning value.