WINE-Spectator-Jan-2017-thumbnailWine Spectator magazine, one of the most prestigious wine publications in the world, named Novelty Hill-Januik one of “30 Wineries to Discover.”  The editors’ picked 30 wineries from around the globe that “fly under the radar of most wine lovers,” for a Jan. 31, 2017, cover story on 30 wineries to trust.  “Both labels (Januik and Novelty Hill) deliver high quality across a wide spectrum of modestly prices wines,” wrote the Spectator’s Harvey Steiman. “Ratings tend to cluster around 90 points,” he wrote, observing the styles of both wineries are similar, “showing off (winemaker Mike) Januik’s hand for balancing power and restraint,” but also noting it is each wineries vineyard sources that “create diverse styles.”

The article recommends five favorite 2013 reds (see below), and while these wines are sold out in the tasting room, they may be found in select restaurants or wine shops.  All of these are remarkably consistent, and The 2014 vintages of four of them are now available online and in the Woodinville tasting room.

“These are wineries that deserve your attention, and we encourage you to discover all they have to offer,” wrote Wine Spectator, referring to the 30 New and Old World wineries from around the globe featured in the January cover story.  If you haven’t discovered winemaker Mike Januik’s talent for crafting exceptional wines vintage-after-vintage, we hope you will soon.

Recommended in Jan. 31 – Feb. 28, 2017 Wine Spectator

Shipping included on case orders thru March 3, 2017.  Use code SPECTATORSHIP

2013 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain Vineyard — 93 pts.  “This supple, expressive red tames its formidable Red Mountain tannins, which support a glowing core of black cherry, guava and rose petal.”

2013 Januik Cabernet Franc, Weinbau Vineyard — 90 pts. “Celebrates the minty, floral overtones and powdery tannins of Cabernet Franc (an unsung hero in Washington) without sacrificing the dark fruit.”

2013 Novelty Hill Cascadia — 91 pt.  “This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec layers toasty, peppery notes with black fruit flavors.”

2013 Novelty Hill Grenache, Stillwater Creek Vineyard — 91 pts.  “Shows lovely refinement, with suppleness and floral notes around dark fruit and pepper.”