Composition : 43% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Franc, 20% Tannat, 3% Petit Verdot
Novum continues to be an exercise in Cabernet Franc, so it is this variety from Baer Ridge in the Shenandoah Valley that drives the aromas and flavor.
Wine description: On the nose we find blackberry and raspberry preserves, fennel, cola, and cedar as
well as mushroom and fallen leaves aromas, a result of extended lees contact. The palate has density
and structure without angularity, showing black cherry, graham cracker, and menthol on finish. There
is more palate volume than the 2014 vintage, with more depth of color and flavor, finishing with
supple, melt-away tannins.
Food pairing: The tart acidity and dark red flavors pair perfectly with a slow-cooked beef ragu topped
with a sharp pecorino. We also love how the backbone of wine pairs with gamey flavors such as lamb
or duck, and haven’t met a hard cheese we wouldn’t pair with it.
Cellaring: We were able to give this wine a full year in bottle before release, so it has already entered
its drinking window, but it should develop in the near term and drink well over the next five years if