Even though we will not be doing the public tasting portion of the Insider's Pick until further notice, we will still be offering the wine for purchase with the usual 10% discount on Thursday and Friday. The wines will still be ones we highly recommend, and the tasting notes will still be our own. We will be returning to doing just the one wine on Thursdays and Fridays until further notice. We hope you are able to come by and get some wines to enjoy.
We love a good winery story here, especially when it starts out in a wine store. Mike Januik got in at the very earliest stages of the Washington wine explosion after trading his love of selling wine at his Oregon retail store for making his own starting in 1984. After 15 years of successful winemaking for others, he created his own label under his own name. Around the same time, he started consulting on a new planting project in an undiscovered part of the Columbia Valley called Frenchman Hills, and when the vines here began to bear fruit the Novelty Hill wines were made in partnership at the Januik Wines facility. Both brands have exploded and expanded over the last 20 years and share their facilities and tasting rooms to this day. This red blend is the quintessential look at what Washington can do with traditional Bordeaux varietals, noticeably different than say a Cali/Napa one, but if you like it than you'll LOVE what you get for the price point. Deep, dark color with lots of rich polished black fruits and sweet tobacco leaf on the nose with some barrel notes that get pushed down fairly quickly as it opens up. Very polished texture on the palate at first showing lots of of the dark fruit from the nose, then picking up some dusty cocoa-ish tannins and some fruit skin notes to the finish. Definitely a modern style wine that has lots of immediate pleasure as well as character that makes it stand out from the usual suspects out there.
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The Best of the Best.
We offering free tastings on these wines in the store every Thursday and Friday, and a 10% discount off the retail price through the duration of the day. Come on by and give them a try!