There is clear differentiation between this bottling and Novelty Hill's other Columbia Valley Merlot; this has more complexity in the nose, a deeper color and denser extract. Pretty cherry fruit runs into sweet chocolate; be sure to give it ample breathing time to let it flesh out fully.
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Reviews wines from Oregon and Canada.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.