Mystery Library Wine Clue for April 3rd #TBT

bottle-shockIn recognition of Throwback Thursday (#TBT) , we are offering a  limited release library wine for purchase at the winery tasting room only each Thursday through the end of April.  A new wine will be featured each week.  Quantities are limited, so when it’s gone, it’s gone. Finally, to add some mystery (and fun) to #TBT, it’s up to you to guess the vintage and varietal of the featured wine.

This Thursday, April 3, our #TBT wine is from Novelty Hill. Wine Spectator gave it 91 pts., Wine Advocate awarded it 90 pts., and it features Argentina’s most famous grape.  It was also harvested the same year as this classic wine flick.


Save on Spring Wines and More

two-btl-thumbnailThe arrival of spring means that lazy evenings on the patio and backyard barbecues will soon be here too.  Stock up on your favorite wines of the season and save by visiting Novelty Hill Januik on Tuesdays and receive a 10% – 20% discount on your purchase.  If you are a Cellar Circle member and Friday tastings are more to your liking, start your spring weekend early with a stop at the winery.  Club members who purchase two bottles of wine any Friday in April will also enjoy a complimentary pizza.  Read on for further details:

Savvy shoppers are invited to visit the tasting room on Tuesdays to save 10% on single wine purchases, 20% off a case.  Cellar Circle wine club members receive an additional 10% off their regular discount.

If you are a Cellar Circle wine club member and are hungry and expect to be thirsty too over the upcoming weekend, drop by the tasting room between 12-4 pm any Friday this April, purchase two bottles of wine and receive a fabulous brick-oven pizza on us (must be enjoyed on the Friday of your purchase).

Both Tuesday and Friday offers apply only to guests visiting the tasting room in person.  Friday’s April pizza offer is available to wine club members only.  Novelty Hill Januik Winery is open in Woodinville and waiting for you seven days a week from 11 am – 5 pm.  Hope to see you soon.

Preview Woodinville Wine Country’s Top Wedding Venues

If you are planning to say, “I Do” this coming year, then you need to be in Woodinville on Sunday, January 26, 2014, when Woodinville Wine Country’s top wedding venues open their doors in lavish style to future brides and grooms for an unforgettable afternoon of wine tasting and nuptial inspiration.

For the fifth consecutive year, Novelty Hill Januik will be one of six fully decorated venues designed to help brides, grooms and their families and friends envision how they want their special day to look.  Each venue will display table settings, floral designs, catering, host music and more, all choreographed by some of the top wedding planners in the city who will be on hand to answer questions.  Adding to the fun, guests will be chauffeured to the event in safety and style.  Photos of guests enjoying Weddings in Woodinville at Novelty Hill Januik can be seen here by scrolling to the end of the page.

Participating venues, transportation and wedding planners include Columbia Winery, DeLille Cellars, JM Cellars, Novelty Hill Januik, Willows Lodge, Woodhouse Wine Estates, Butler Valet Transportation, Blackstone Limousine, Etheral Events, Event Success, MG Davis Events, Perfect Harmony Events; Simply Wed and Taylor’d Events, in addition to many more amazing vendors, listed on the website.

General Admission tickets are $40 each; group tickets are $35 per person (5 or more tickets must be ordered at one time to qualify for this rate).

The tour begins at noon.  Registration doors open at 11:30a.m. and continues until 1:00pm at Woodhouse Wine Estates where parking is available.  Once registered, participants will board chauffeured transportation and be on their way for a very informative and enjoyable adventure. Tour concludes at 5:00pm.



23 New 90+ Ratings this Fall for Januik, Novelty Hill

The critics have smiled on Januik and Novelty Hill this fall.   Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast awarded a total of 14 Januik wines 90+; nine Novelty Hill wines earned 90+ from the two publications, and a limited amount of a few of these wines are still available from the winery tasting room or on-line.  Read the reviews here and follow the BUY link to our on-line store to purchase the wine or learn more.

2010 Januik Reserve Columbia Valley  BUY

93 pts – Editor’s Choice  Januik’s reserve blend is 81% Cab- ernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. The fruit is cloaked with lush layers of barrel toast, and it may require several hours of decanting for it to open up. When it does, the flavors multiply on the palate with cassis, black cherry, dark chocolate, pencil lead and wood smoke, along with dusty, mouth-coating tannins.  Wine Enthusiast 11/2013

92 pts — Smooth and generous, shaped to show off the cherry and spice flavors, hinting at mint as the finish picks up the tempo. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Wine Spectator 9/30/2013

2010 Januik Cabernet Franc Weinbau Vineyard  SOLD OUT

92 pts — Fine-grained and focused, with a lovely rose petal note weaving through the sleek blackberry and toast flavors. Lingers easily on the deft finish. Wine Spectator 9/30/2013

2010 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley  SOLD OUT

92 pts — Firm in texture, with mildly grippy tannins around a generous core of violet-tinged blackberry and black currant fruit, shaded by hints of white tea and peach on the lingering finish. Wine Spectator 9/30/2013

2010 Januik Merlot Columbia Valley  BUY

92 pts – Editor’s Choice   crowd-pleaser, this tightly-wound Merlot comes on very Cab-like, but with red fruits more than blue or black. It opens up into a broad mid-palate, showing well-balanced nuances of olive and earth, fresh herb, pepper and licorice. Dense, textural and smoky, it’s delicious now or could be cellared for another five or six years.  Wine Enthusiast 11/2013

2010 Januik Syrah, Ciel du Cheval Vineyard  SOLD OUT

92 pts – Editor’s Choice   Pretty raspberries, red currant and a hint of iodine spark the taste buds, then darker streaks of wood smoke and black licorice kick in. There’s snappy acidity and an undertone of metal and stone. Complex and captivating.  Wine Enthusiast 11/2013

2012 Januik Sauvignon Blanc, Sagemoor Vineyards  BUY

92 pts – Editor’s Choice   This fresh, young wine, showcases a palate-thrilling mix of ripe tree fruits—sappy apples, juicy citrus—and some hints of pineapple as well. The ripeness turns the lemony fruit into limoncello, and the finish is long and wonderfully refreshing.  Wine Enthusiast 11/2013

2010 Januik Chardonnay, Cold Creek Vineyard SOLD OUT

91 pts — Fresh and precise, with lovely pear, apple and green fig flavors meshing seamlessly as the finish lingers. Delivers refinement and refreshment. Wine Spectator 10/15/2013

90 pts — This lush Chardonnay has a certain oiliness to the aromas, along with dusty, toasty components that ride through a soft, plush mid-palate. The fruit is a rich mix of peach and apricot, highlighted with toasty hazelnuts, coconut and vanilla.  Wine Enthusiast 11/2013

2010 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon, Champoux Vineyard  BUY

91 pts — Offers crisp tannins and focused flavors, with dark berry, sage and cedar notes on a lithe frame. A cellar-worthy Cabernet.  Wine Spectator 9/30/2013

2010 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon, Weinbau Vineyard  BUY

91 pts — Soft, ripe and generous, corralling the spicy, tobacco-accented cherry and dried tomato flavors into a smooth ball that rolls easily onto the long and expressive finish.  Wine Spectator 9/30/2013

2010 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon, Ciel du Cheval Vineyard  SOLD OUT

91 pts – Cellar Selection  There is a spine of steel, and the underlying flavors of metal and mineral dominate the red currant fruit. Graphite and gravel notes add to the complexity. The suggestion: give this wine another half decade of aging.  Wine Enthusiast 11/2013

2010 Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Stillwater Creek Vineyard  BUY

91pts – Cellar Selection   Fresh and vibrant, with juicy currant and plum flavors on a supple frame, letting the spicy overtones gently accent the lingering finish. Wine Spectator 10/15/2013

90 pts — This is the winery’s estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon . . . dark and deep wine that rewards decanting, showing good concentration and dense layers of brambly berries, licorice and espresso.  Wine Enthusiast 11/2013

2010 Novelty Hill Merlot, Columbia Valley  SOLD OUT

91 pts — Smart Buy  Dark, deep, round and expressive, roiling with black cherry, smoke and meat flavors, persisting on the finish. This is coming together nicely. Wine Spectator 10/15/2013

2010 Januik, Petit Verdot, Ciel du Cheval Vineyard  SOLD OUT

91 pts.  – Cellar Selection Varietal Petit Verdot is a specialty at Januik, with a cult-like following. This well-sculpted effort compacts the fruit into a tight core of black cherry and cassis. Hints of cola, earth and cacao run through it as well, with the tannins, ripe and proportionate, suggest that it will age well for a decade or longer. Wine Enthusiast 11/2013

2010 Novelty Hill Syrah, Stillwater Creek Vineyard  SOLD OUT

91 pts — A smooth and vibrant red, with dark berry flavors bubbling up through polished tannins. Shows lime and mint hints as the finish lingers. Wine Spectator 10/15/2013

90 pts — The Stillwater Creek vineyard brings signature elements of herb, earth and green tea, along with cool climate berry flavors. It’s still young and tight, but the dark, roasted, slightly smoky notes add extra interest and dimension.  Wine Enthusiast 11/2013

2010 Januik Merlot, Klipsun Vineyard  SOLD OUT

90 pts — This lithe style packs red berry and tobacco flavors into a bright team that shines through the engaging finish.  Wine Spectator 10/15/2013

2010 Novelty Hill Merlot, Stillwater Creek Vineyard  BUY

90 pts — The vineyard-designated wines from Novelty Hill consistently deep-seated, earthy herbal character. It’s quite like a modern Bordeaux, taking the cassis fruit as a base and cloaking it with toasted flavors from earth and barrel.  Wine Enthusiast 11/2013

2010 Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley  BUY

90 pts — Smooth and inviting, this medium-weight charmer offers enticing blueberry, plum and gentle spice notes that persist onto the polished finish. Wine Spectator 10/15/2013

90 pts — Well-defined, this tight and sculpted Cabernet is muscular and firm. Its black cherry and cassis fruit core is augmented with astrin- gent herbs, lingering through a focused finish.  Wine Enthusiast 11/2013

 2012 Novelty Hill Sauvignon Blanc, Stillwater Creek Vineyard  BUY

90 pts — Done in a bracing, sappy style, this is a concentrated wine with lush flavors of lemon drop, orange candy and Key lime. It’s ripe and juicy, with a suggestion of bees wax in the mouth.  Wine Enthusiast 11/2013



How Woodinville Became A Player in Washington Wine Country

Few wine writers today know the Washington wine story better than Andy Perdue, Seattle Times wine columnist and co-founder of the on-line news site, Great Northwest Wine.  His cover story in the Pacific Northwest magazine section of the Sunday, November 3, 2013, issue of the Seattle Times appropriately entitled, “How Woodinville Became a Player in Washington Wine Country,” does a fantastic job explaining how Woodinville Wine Country became a Washington wine tasting destination.  Andy’s story includes an interview with our own Mike Januik, whose perspective on the Woodinville wine scene spans multiple decades.

If you have ever marveled at how Woodinville came to the forefront of the Washington wine industry, now more than 100 wineries strong, or if you have wondered what else the area offers besides great wines, this article is worth a read.