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.

Winter 2018 Platinum Cellar Circle Selections

After a hectic holiday season, January’s more relaxed pace comes as a welcome relief.  Our Winter 2018 Platinum selections were chosen to enjoy while partaking in any one of our favorite winter activities:  après ski, an intimate dinner with friends or curled up on the couch binge-watching Game of Thrones.  All three wines are from 2015, each distinctively showcasing the beautiful combination of power and finesse that marked the vintage.

The 2015 Andrew Januik Stone Cairn is a Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from three of Red Mountain’s finest vineyards:  Obelisco, Quintessence and Ciel du Cheval, each a unique expression of Red Mountain terroir.  This deep purple wine is overflowing with cassis, black raspberry and chocolate notes. It is multi-layered and textured with flavors that range from spice to mocha and dark fruit.

Your winter shipment also includes the 2015 Januik Reserve Red, a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec.  The Cabernet Sauvignon portion of this blend comes primarily from Champoux Vineyard and displays the great suppleness and concentration for which this Horse Heaven Hills site is known.  Intriguing aromas of cassis, plum, and black raspberries fill the glass. This wine will age beautifully for the next 20 years.

Finally, the 2015 Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Merlot from the winery’s estate vineyard is a perennial favorite with consumers and critics alike, consistently rated 90+.  With its ripe cherry and dark chocolate aromas and flavors, the wine is a perfect complement to Chef Seth Fernald’s recipe for Delicata Squash with Chevre and Coco Nibs, included with your shipment.

May you savor these wines in good health and good company in 2018 and beyond.  Wishing you and your family all the best in the new year.

Winter 2018 Cellar Circle Silver and Gold Selections

After a hectic holiday season, January’s more relaxed pace comes as a welcome relief.  Our Winter 2018 Cellar Circle selections were chosen to enjoy while partaking in any one of our favorite winter activities:  après ski, an intimate dinner with friends or curled up on the couch binge-watching Game of Thrones.

Both Classic and Red only members will take home the 2015 Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Merlot from the winery’s estate vineyard, a perennial favorite with consumers and critics alike, consistently rated 90+.  With its ripe cherry and dark mocha aromas and flavors, the wine is a perfect complement to Chef Seth Fernald’s recipe for Delicata Squash with Chevre and Coco Nibs, included with your shipment.

Classic members will also enjoy the newly released 2016 Januik Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay, produced following traditional Burgundian techniques.  Mike made his first Cold Creek Vineyard Chard in 1990, and it has remained his favorite Washington Chardonnay vineyard since then.  Red only members will receive the 2015 Januik Champoux Vineyard Malbec from another one of Mike’s favorite Washington vineyards.  Located in the Horse Heaven Hills, Champoux is renowned for its red Bordeaux grapes.

May you savor these wines in good health and good company in 2018 and beyond.  Wishing you and your family all the best in the new year.

Exclusive Pre-Release of 2015 Januik Champoux Cab for Cellar Circle Members Only

Calling all Cab collectors!  The 2015 Januik Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon will be pre-released October 14-15 and available for purchase to Cellar Circle members exclusively for a limited time.  A perennial favorite, the Januik Champoux Cab sells out quickly so this year, we are offering club members first dibs on this exciting, new vintage.  The wine will be available for tasting at the winery both Saturday and Sunday, and as a special treat winemaker Mike Januik will pour the wine himself from 12-1 pm on Saturday, October 14.

Those of you who have enjoyed Mike’s Champoux Cab in the past know this Horse Heaven Hills classic is always a beautiful blend of power and elegance, consistently rated 90+ vintage after vintage. “Champoux Vineyard is a Washington equivalent of a French grand cru site, and long-tenured winemaker Mike Januik shows his skilled hand with its fruit, producing a wine that shows finesse and balance and a memorable, velvety texture,” wrote Seattle Met critic Sean Sullivan in naming the 2014 vintage to the magazine’s list of the Top 100 Wines of 2017.

The 2015 growing season was another excellent vintage, particularly for red wines, and as good as the 2014 was, Mike tells us he likes the 2015 even more for its balance, ripeness and finesse.  Quantities are limited.