Winter 2019 Cellar Circle Selections

Cool winter temperatures have arrived bringing hearty soups and stews to the table, lazy evenings by the fire and casual gatherings with family and friends. Our winter Cellar Circle wines are perfect for a cozy night in and highlight the best of 2016’s reds. The vintage was marked by a fast start to the growing season. Warm spring temperatures resulted in an early bud break. Temperatures continued to climb steadily into early summer then cooled slightly to slow growing conditions perfectly throughout July and August. Fall temperatures were moderate, easing the ripening pace just enough to extend hang time, develop full flavors in the grapes, and yield delicious wines that are both powerful and refined with purity of flavor and balanced acidity.

Platinum members will take home four limited release reds, all fine examples of the vintage: the 2016 Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Grenache, 2016 Januik Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Syrah, 2016 Januik Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and 2016 Andrew Januik Lady Hawk.

Gold and Silver Red-only members will enjoy the 2016 Januik Weinbau Vineyard Cabernet Franc and 2016 Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Classic members will receive the new released 2017 Januik Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay and the 2016 Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.

In short, something for everyone. Stay warm out there, friends!

Visiting Our Winery

At Novelty Hill-Januik, we understand no two palates are the same. That’s why we invite you to customize your tasting with us, choosing the wines you want to taste from one of Woodinville’s most extensive wine lists. Prefer a guided tasting? No problem! Our expert staff will offer suggestions suited to your interests and lifestyle. No appointment necessary for small groups.

Want to take a deeper dive? Make a reservation in advance of your visit for a seated tasting experience that celebrates the art of winemaking. Afterwards, explore the gardens surrounding our beautiful winery, play a round of bocce ball or stroll the catwalk to watch the winemaking team in action.

To ensure you and others visiting the winery enjoy your tasting fully, we ask guests to observe the following policies:

  • Outside food and beverages, including snacks and dessert, are not allowed on the property. House-made antipasti plates are available daily; fresh, made-to-order pizzas are served Friday-Sunday.
  • We happily welcome four-legged companions in our outdoor areas. We ask that only registered service animals accompany their owners inside the winery.
  • The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board only permits the consumption of Novelty Hill-Januik wines on our premises. Alcohol from other destination will be confiscated.
  • Under the laws of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, any member of a party who is intoxicated cannot be served and will not be allowed to stay with the group while they are tasting. 
  • Novelty Hill-Januik closes at 5 pm. Due to private event guests’ need for the parking lot, no cars may be left in the lot after closing. Our gate closes daily at 5.

We look forward to welcoming you.

2015 Andrew Januik Collection

In 2015, Andrew announced plans to craft his first GSM, and since harvest of that year, there’s been growing excitement for the wine. The reveal came at last this spring with the release of the extremely limited 2015 Andrew Januik Los Molinos, a blend of 75% Grenache, 16% Mourvèdre , 9% Syrah. This is a wine with intense aromatics and gorgeous concentrated purple fruit flavors that coat the palate creating a silky, textured mouthfeel. It has been a wine Andrew knew he wanted to make since enjoying the spicy, fruit-forward Grenache-based blends of France and Spain while living among the windmills (los molinos) of southern Spain. Brother Don Januik illustrated the label. Only 122 cases produced. 93 pts. Wine Advocate.

Stone Cairn was the first wine in Andrew’s portfolio and debuted in 2011. The 2015 Andrew Januik Stone Cairn is a beautiful violet-colored wine delivering complex aromas of candied cherries, currants, and chocolate. The front of the palate shows nice sweetness and fruit that transitions into a well-structured mid-palate displaying earthiness and subtle notes of new French oak. The finish is quite long and brimming with the bright acidity and dark fruit that is indicative of Red Mountain. A blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec. 92 pts. Wine Advocate

In 2013, Andrew added Lady Hawk to his lineup to showcase the elegance and refinement of grapes grown in the Horse Heaven Hills. The 2015 Andrew Januik Lady Hawk is a deeply purple wine that combines a beautiful mix of black licorice, currants, mocha, and spice in the nose. In the mouth, a concentrated supple core of anise and black cherries leads into a textured and long-lasting finish which is framed by subtle tannins and bright acidity. A blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 3% Malbec. 92 pts. Wine Advocate

 

Spring 2018 Platinum Cellar Circle Selections

It is our great pleasure to announce the debut release of Andrew Januik’s extremely limited 2015 Los Molinos, a GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) blend.  There’s been quite a buzz around the winery since Andrew announced plans to make this beauty in 2015.  At last, the time has come!  This is a wine with intense aromatics and gorgeous concentrated purple fruit flavors that coat the palate creating a silky, textured mouthfeel.  It’s been a wine Andrew  knew he wanted to make since enjoying the spicy, fruit-forward Grenache-based blends of France and Spain while living among the windmills (los molinos) of southern Spain.  Brother Don Januik illustrated the label.  Only 122 cases produced and a Cellar Circle selection offered to Platinum members exclusively.

In addition to Los Molinos, Platinum members will enjoy the 2015 Novelty Hill Cascadia assembled from the finest lots of the vintage. Rich and stylish, this deeply colored Bordeaux blend offers delicious dark fruit aromas  and flavors across a textured mid-palate. It is a blend of 64% Quintessence Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon selected for its lavish, concentrated, dark fruit flavors and bold tannins, 29% Stillwater Creek Vineyard Merlot chosen for it dark, saturated color and perfumed aromatics and 7%  Stillwater Creek Vineyard Malbec used to enhance the wine’s balance and concentration.

Completing this spring’s Platinum selection is the 2015 Januik Champoux Vineyard Malbec. According to Great Northwest Wine, “Malbec plantings (in Washington) are ramping up, particularly in the Horse Heaven Hills, where plantings have doubled to more than 200 acres in the past half-decade.” Leading the way is Horse Heaven’s world-class Champoux Vineyard, one of winemaker Mike Januik’s favorite sites in the state for grapes that produce wines of exceptional depth, complexity and grace.  This Malbec is plush and textured, brimming with ripe tannins, and a prime example of why Washington’s reputation for Malbec continues to grow.

 

Spring 2018 Cellar Circle Silver and Gold Selections

Yes, the calendar declares it is spring, but we know it to be a variable season that has us shedding winter coats one day, only to find ourselves reaching for hats, gloves and fleece jackets the next.  While the bright, fresh flavors of season will be here soon, we are not quite ready to give ourselves over to the light, refreshing wines of summer. Instead we find ourselves craving rich, aromatics whites, fruity medium-bodied reds and the occasional big, bold Cab. This spring’s Cellar Circle wines were selected with the variability of the season in mind.

Classic members will enjoy the newly released 2017 Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Roussanne. This wonderfully aromatic wine grown at Novelty Hill’s estate vineyard on the Royal Slope of the Frenchman Hills is a blend of 94% Roussanne and 6% Viognier.

Red Only members will appreciate the fresh, expressive character of the 2015 Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Grenache.  This grape continues to gain an enthusiastic following and is only held back in Washington by the limited number of vines planted.  Fortunately, Stillwater Creek has proven to be an ideal site for this delicious grape.

Both Classic and Red Only members will take home the 2015 Januik Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, a limited-release wine that debuted in 2011 and since then has earned 13 90+ ratings from national wine publications (2015 not yet rated).  A blend of top Red Mountain vineyards, enjoy it now or cellar with confidence. Winery Executive Chef Seth Fernald suggests pairing it with Gnocchi, Pancetta & Arrabbiata Sauce.  The Cab complements the richness of the pancetta and bright flavor of the first spring onions of the season.  Enjoy the recipe.