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2010

Artistic Wines

2010 Novicium (Not for Purchase)

Delicate aromas of nutmeg spice, black cherry and cracked peppercorn lead to deeper notes of plum and cacao. On the palate, cherry fruit, baking spices, and a ripe chewy texture finish with dark chocolate notes on the finish. Decant and enjoy now or cellar for 5-8 years for greater complexity.

91% Cabernet Sauvignon
9% Cabernet Franc

2011

Artistic Wines

2011 Novicium (Not for Purchase)

Novicium offers both complexity and a uniquely forward charm reflective of our estate vineyard’s rocky, red volcanic soils and high elevation setting on Pritchard Hill. The 2011 exhibits aromas of black cherry and roast espresso, ripe tannins and a long supple finish.

77% Cabernet Sauvignon
21% Merlot
2% Cabernet Franc

2012

Artistic Wines

2012 Novicium (Not for Purchase)

Novicium offers complexity and a uniquely forward charm reflective of our estate vineyard’s rocky, red volcanic soils and high elevation setting on Sage Mountain. 2012 is a generous beauty with aromas of violet, and black cherry, a palate of bright plum and mulberry fruit, ripe tannins and a long supple finish.

39% Cabernet Franc
36% Merlot
25% Cabernet Sauvignon

2013

Artistic Wines

2013 Novicium (Not for Purchase)

Novicium offers complexity and a uniquely forward charm reflective of our estate vineyard’s rocky, red volcanic soils and high elevation setting on Sage Mountain. 100% estate grown, produced and bottled, the 2013 Novicium is an elegant beauty with aromas of red cherry and dark chocolate, flavors of currant and damson plum with ripe tannins and a long, supple finish.

46% Merlot
31% Cabernet Franc
23% Cabernet Sauvignon

2014

Artistic Wines

2014 Novicium (Not for Purchase)

The 2014 Novicium, our highest percentage ever of Cabernet Franc, shows abundant cherry fruit, roasted coffee spice and wild herbs. This blend shows off the character and personality of our proud young vines coming into their own. On the palate the wine is exuberant and lush, with a long, silky finish.

74% Cabernet Franc
15% Petit Verdot
10% Merlot
1% Cabernet Sauvignon

2015

Artistic Wines

2015 Novicium (Not for Purchase)

The 2015 Novicium blend celebrates our love of Cabernet Franc with a high percentage in the blend. Ripe cherry and plum fruit, intertwined with cinnamon and clove spice aromas arise from the glass, amplified on the palate by refreshing hints of Seville orange. This vintage shows off the character and personality of our proud young vines coming into their own. Lush and delicious, the 2015 Novicium has a fabulous texture leading to a long, layered finish.

67% Cabernet Franc
32% Cabernet Sauvignon
1% Petit Verdot

2016

Artistic Wines

2016 Novicium (Not for Purchase)

2016 Novicium expresses true varietal Cabernet character of Sage Mountain Vineyard with the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon to date.  Though more firmly structured than its recent predecessors as a result, this vintage is still true to Novicium’s essence with an approachable and youthful energy in the wine.  Snappy red fruit characters layered with black currant and cherry intermingle with bergamot and savory wild herb with a plush iron core. 

89% Cabernet Sauvignon
7% Cabernet Franc
4% Petit Verdot

2017

Artistic Wines

2017 Novicium (Not for Purchase)

The 2017 Novicium emphasizes nearly equal parts of the four varietals planted at Continuum Estate.  Youthful and substantive, the 2017 vintage offers both forward charm and layers of flavor. Aromas of sun-kissed red fruit, wild berries and spice give way to sinewy grace on the palate with savory wild herb and ferrous minerality consistently expressed from our Sage Mountain Vineyard.

28% Cabernet Sauvignon
27% Cabernet Franc
24% Merlot
21% Petit Verdot

2018

Artistic Wines

2018 Novicium (Not for Purchase)

2018 Novicium is a study in authentic Cabernet Sauvignon expression from our Sage Mountain Vineyard with dark concentrated fruit, a sinewy structure on the mid palate, and hints of pepper, tapenade, star anise and graphite. The promising once young blocks that were the foundation of Novicium are now maturing into their substance showcasing the vibrant nature of wines from this land and particularly of this vintage.

90% Cabernet Sauvignon
7% Petit Verdot
3% Cabernet Franc

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