Novelty Hill's Merlot includes 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and a splash of Cab Franc; the wine is beautifully proportioned and silky in the mouth. Smooth fruits mix berries with chocolate, all buoyed up on just the right amount of acidity. This is elegant and pretty, more than a powerful wine, but there is plenty of ripe fruit flavor and a pat of buttery toast in the finish.
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.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.