45% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Franc, 18% Tannat, 3% Petit Verdot
Winemaker Note: Novum continues to be an exercise in Cabernet Franc as expressed in a Bordeaux style blend. In 2016 we began to build the wine with fruit from Quaker Run, but we have since started working with two additional mountainside sites that have elevated all of our top-tier reds. One of these, Capstone, is now important to Novum, working in tandem with the fruit from Quaker as the majority of the blend. Stylistically, we have done another about face, from 2018 to 2019. While 2018 was our most subtle and elegant bottling of this wine, the 2019 brings back the concentration we saw in 2017. However, it veered West Coast in its sweet-fruited ripeness, while this is more European, but with plenty of power. We expect this will be the longest-lived of the Novums, but a warning that the wine doesn’t age as well once you have opened and consumed the bottle! No judgment though, we’re opening them as well.
Wine description: On the nose, we find dark cherry and blackberry, fully ripe and warmed by the sun, along with subtle rosemary and wood spice framed by the leafy, forest floor of the Cab Franc. The palate is deep, textured and intense, echoing the fruits of the aromas and finishing with thyme and cocoa. The tannins are persistent yet ripe, with Tannat providing the structural foundation, and the wine lingers on the palate for a long time.
Aging & Cellaring: Aged in French and northern European oak, 35% new, for 15 months. This is drinking well drink now, in a young and intense kind of way. It should develop well over the next seven to ten years, if properly cellared.