2019 Novum SVB Special
Blend: 45% Cabernet Franc, 34% Merlot, 18% Tannat, 3% Petit Verdot
Winemaker Note: Novum continues to be an exercise in Cabernet Franc as expressed in a Bordeaux style blend. It highlights fruit from two mountainside vineyards, Quaker Run and Capstone, both on the Eastern face of the Blue Ridge contributing elegance and finesse. 2019 vintage brings power and concentration with a blissfully dry, sunny, and extended growing season. We expect this will be a long-lived expression of Novum, 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, in a young and intense kind of way. It should develop well over the next seven to ten years, if properly cellared.