2016 Novum Magnum
Double-sized, wax dipped and hand signed by winemaker, Ben Jordan
40% Cabernet Franc, 24% Petit Verdot, 19% Merlot, 16% Tannat, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon
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 while Quaker Run Merlot offers the texture. We continue to bring in a bit of Tannat for backbone and the flavors of darkness that complement the brightness of our Cabernet Franc.
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.