Novelty Hill Merlot 2017 750ml

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Polished and focused, with cocoa, red currant and black cherry aromas and flavors stretching across a supple midpalate. The wine’s refined tannins linger on a long, expressive finish.
Spring 2017 was marked by cool, wet weather that resulted in a late bud break, but hot, dry summer
conditions accelerated the season and put ripening back on track. Clusters were small with fewer berries
than usual allowing light to penetrate the vine and color the fruit from all sides. This, combined with near
perfect fall harvest conditions, yielded fresh, expressive wines with plenty of depth and structure.

100% Merlot./ ABV 14.4%

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Novelty Hill’s estate vineyard, Stillwater Creek, on the Royal Slope of the Frenchman Hills in Washington State’s Columbia Valley, is notably for its unique soils. Fractured basalt found throughout the vineyard imparts an appealing mineral character to Chardonnay planted here. Innovative clonal selection distinguishes the vineyard as well, including Entav clone 95, a relative newcomer to the Columbia Valley.

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Weight 2 lbs

Gentle pump overs during fermentation were used to submerge the skins and extract color and flavor from the
• Gravity-racked every five months to soften and clarify the wine
• Aged 19 months in new and used barrels, 70% French oak, 30% American oak


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 top Columbia Valley
vineyards north of the Tri-Cities, to create a rich, balanced wine.


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