Novelty Hill Merlot 2018, Columbia Valley, Washington

2018 vintage – 94% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc. Tasting notes: Tasting Notes: Ripe, aromatic notes of wild raspberry, red currant and a hint of cocoa fill the glass, gaining focus and concentration on the palate. Richly textured with supple, refined tannins that stretch across a satisfying finish. – Mike Januik, Winemaker. Vineyard: 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. Winemaking: Gentle pump overs during fermentation were used to submerge the skins and extract color and flavor from the grapes. Gravity-racked every five months to soften and clarify the wine. Aged 19 months in new and used barrels, 75% French oak, 25% American oak