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The 2006 Syrah relies heavily on grapes from Novelty Hill's estate vineyard,
Stillwater Creek (70%). The soil here is mixed with large pieces of
fractured basalt; and visitors often remark on its similarity to the
Rhone Valley, perhaps one reason why Syrah from here is so
outstanding. The balance of the wine relies on Lewis Vineyard
(30%) grapes. Known for its low yields and concentrated grapes,
Lewis is one of Mike Januik’s favorite Syrah vineyards in the state.
"The 2006 Syrah Columbia Valley emits aromas of smoke, bacon, grilled meat, and blueberry. Full-bodied and round on the palate, it manages to retain a sense of elegance with its tasty fruit and excellent balance. It will provide pleasure over the next 6-8 years.
Novelty Hill and Stillwater Creek Vineyard are owned by Tom Alberg. The vineyard, located on the Royal Slope of the Frenchman Hills (way off the beaten path), was planted in 2000 and is beginning to acquire a reputation for the high quality of its fruit. A year ago the winery moved into its new quarters in Woodinville which it shares with Januik Winery. The Novelty Hills wines are made by the talented Mike Januik. This portfolio over-delivers in a very big way." -Rated 90, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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