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.

Meet Our New Cellar Circle Manager

My name is Michelle Allen, and I am the new wine club manager at Novelty Hill-Januik. Many of you may have already met me in the tasting room or at a release party, two of my favorites parts of the job. You may have also seen my husband Albert helping my children chow down on Chef Seth’s Wine’d Down Wednesday menu.

I have been with Novelty Hill-Januik for four years, most recently assisting Andrea Slichter, our national director of sales. Working with Andrea provided me with an incredible opportunity to showcase our wonderful wines around the country, but the chance to work with our Cellar Circle members both close to home and in other parts of the U.S. was too good to pass up, so here I am!

I follow Laura Emil in this position who left the winery this summer to join our e-commerce provider. She sends her best to each and every one of you.

It is an honor to be your Cellar Circle manager. I take great pride in cultivating and nurturing relationships with all you. Please feel free to say hello or ask for me next time you visit the winery. I can also be reached by phone (425-481-5502) or email at michelle@noveltyhilljanuik.com.

Seattle Met Top 100 2017

The highly anticipated Seattle Met Top 100 Wines of 2017 is out now, and we are thrilled to announce Novelty Hill and Januik collectively have four wines on the list.  Seattle Met wine columnist Sean Sullivan assembles the annual Top 100, now in its eighth year.  “Back-to-back warm vintages deliver bold, ripe results — and a banner season for drinkers,” the magazine writes.  We agree.  Here are Sean’s tasting notes:

Outstanding White Wines  2015 Novelty Hill Sauvignon Blanc, Stillwater Creek Vineyard “Sauvignon Blanc can be a particularly challenge in our warm growing climate, but vibrant aromas of cut grass, lime, herb and tropical fruit — giving way to tart zippy flavors with a lightly creamy feel — show this grapes’s true capabilities here.”

Best Cabernet Sauvignons 2014 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon, Champoux Vineyard  “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.”

Wines to Buy Right Now  2014 Januik Merlot, Columbia Valley “Few wineries in the state consistently provide as much quality and value; this wine shows aromas and flavors of plum, milk chocolate, and blue fruit.”  2014 Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley “A mouthful of cherry and chocolate flavors that persist to the finish; further proof of Mike Januik’s ability to consistently make a high quality cabernet at an affordable price.

Limited quantities of the 2014 Januik Merlot, Columbia Valley remain and are available through our online store.  Purchase