Novelty Hill Winery 2010 Stillwater Creek Vineyard sangiovese

Tasted at 60-67 degrees on the IR temp gun. Color: clear, evening magenta. Nose: Twin Peaks cherry pie, blackberry, strawberry liqueur. Mouthfeel: fluid, medium-bodied. Tail trail: 8 seconds. Flavors: spicy dark cherry, red licorice, undercurrent of mild curry spice, red velvet, leather, Pacific Coast cranberry. Paired with a savory chicken parmigiana. Meraviglioso!

Alcohol: 14.4%. Columbia Valley AVA. Estate vineyard (future Frenchman Hills AVA). Tuscan clones 19 and 23. 10% cabernet sauvignon. Cooperage: 50% new French, 40% once-tamed French, 10% USA. Aged 22 months. pH 3.68. TA 0.55%. 240 cases. Power: 2/5. Balance: 2/5. Depth: 2/5. Finesse: 3/5. Rated: 89. Value: $22. Paid: $23. Music pairing: “Deacon Blues” by Steely Dan. This is WAwineman… uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.

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6 Responses to Novelty Hill Winery 2010 Stillwater Creek Vineyard sangiovese

  1. csabernethy says:

    This one sounds like it might be worth tasting. I’ve see Novelty Hill around here in the old WA liquor stores, so I might even be able to find it in one of the replacement stores!

    What’s your take on how the new liquor pricing is affecting sales and what do you expect to happen in two years?

  2. wawineman says:

    Hey Ab,

    Life is back to normal again… Yeah, this is basically what a sangiovese should taste like. Mike’s wines are so mellow and smooth. Nothing amped up. Nothing off the road. Even the label is unassuming, but real winos know what’s inside. Definitely a reflection of the winemaker. This label has all the pedigree anyone needs. Never been disappointed by any of Mike’s wines.

    Everyone says just wait a few years and the prices will go down. I disagree. Inflation. However, I heard a part of that State mega-tax will disappear and that’s what will cause a very slight lowering of the prices, overall. People will buy liquor no matter what. I used to make runs to the border just to get my Black Velvet, Grand Old Parr, and Johnnie Walker blue label (when the conversion rate was $1 US = $1.20 CN). However, I rarely hit the hard stuff straight nowadays.

    What I am seeing is more 21s and 22s buying those Costco-sized bottles. The older folks don’t see the value in it so they buy magnums/boxes of bottom-shelf wines. Overall, I think I-1183 did not significantly increase liquor sales; rather, it affected the age demographics of who buys what.

  3. Winemaker of Mass Destruction says:

    “Deacon Blues” sooo..this baby is smoooooth.

  4. Thanks for the shout-out WAwineman. If not in the mood for Steely Dan, Mike Januik suggests another pairing. In honor of his passing this week, play anything from Ravi Shankar’s 2000 Concert at Carnegie Hall CD. It may seem like a strange pairing, but Ravi Shankar probably epitomized the idea of cross cultural musical sharing and appreciation more than any other world class musician. There may also be a tie in with “Eat, Pray, Love”, Julia Robert’s movie that has settings in Italy, India, and Indonesia.

  5. wawineman says:

    I would not have considered such a pairing but I have a few more Novelty Hill gems and will take up your suggestions! Will also have to dial up some panir tikka, roti, naan, and tandoori chicken. If this works great (like I think it will), 1.2 billion other Indian food lovers will come aknockin’ on your door! Hope I don’t kill the thing I luv…

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