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 Vintage1999 Label 1 of 21 
ProducerQuilceda Creek (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
DesignationRed Wine
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationColumbia Valley
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Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2004 and 2010 (based on 2 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Quilceda Creek Proprietary Red on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.8 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 14 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Jnispel on 4/4/2014 & rated 87 points: Decanted 90 minutes prior to tasting. Surprising amount of fruit on the nose. Wine has appearance of an older wine with some brown at the rim. First impression was somewhat tart and astringent. Fruit was muted and fading. Followed over next two hours and the tartness faded and the fruit came back. Interesting wine but definitely past it's peak. (641 views)
 Tasted by f22nickell on 9/11/2013 & rated 88 points: Seattle Wine Group - Sep 2013 Tasting - Theme: Aged WA Bordeaux Blends (Amaroso Room - Wine Storage Bellevue): Setting: Bottle ďAĒ in the blind tasting. Notes were taken before I knew the wine identity.

Sight: This wine is hazy, with no evidence of gas. The wine does show particles. Color is ruby at the core and fades to garnet 1/4Ē from the meniscus. Medium concentration of color. Legs are thick and move slowly down the glass.

Nose: This wine does not smell flawed. Strong intensity. Aromas are black cherries and mint, with a trace of cherry cough syrup on the edges. No trace of minerals. Very light smell of oak, mostly in a hint of wood smoke. I pick up some heat on the nose. Not sure where to place this wine.

Palate: This wine is medium bodied. The fruit is subdued, but I canít tell if its bound up or simply faded. Given that I expect this wine to be over 10 years old, I will go with faded. Still, I did not pick up much secondary notes either. What I was left with was primarily a medium size dose of oak.

Structure: This wine is dry. Acid is medium-plus. Alcohol is medium-plus. Tannins are medium-plus and not well integrated. Finish is medium. Complexity is low.

Conclusion: Although the fruit is very subdued and the wine appears unfiltered, I will guess this wine is new world; no earthy or mineral notes. From the acid and alcohol indicators, this appears to be from a slightly cool vintage. Unknown quality producer.

Final Conclusion: This is an ďOKĒ bottle of wine. Itís obvious that itís an older vintage, but I couldnít get much out of it. The flavors were subdued, the nose was difficult, the finish wasnít too long or complex. All in all, I wasnít very impressed.

My Ranking: 7th out of 8 bottles
Group Ranking: 6th out of 8 bottles (1369 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/13/2011 & rated 92 points: 11/11 Perfect window - well balanced - velvet cream mouth feel - drink now. 92 pts. (1926 views)
 Tasted by garthbernstein on 5/17/2011 & rated 95 points: Ephemeral, since it's our last bottle! Delicious, high acids, fruit and even tannins left. It does NOT seem like a 12 year old wine! Perfect with amatriciana pasta. Strong, yet feminine. Tasted too good to analyze. Smooth, very easy drinking. Sad it's the last bottle. Nice work Quilceda! (2184 views)
 Tasted by Jack on 6/14/2009 & rated 88 points: Decent fruit with tannin that still give good grip. A pretty big dose of acid on the finish. (2663 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 10/27/2008 & rated 88 points: 87-88. Not good at first, much better with air. The last glass was the best. (2250 views)
 Tasted by Eric on 11/19/2005 & rated 86 points: Seattle Tasting Group does Quilceda Creek (Seattle, WA): Hot on the nose and a little minty. The palate shows some olive and big, red fruit. For me this doesn't balance out as well as the 1998, although it is coming around. I wouldn't be disappointed to order this as a bargain wine in a restaurant, but the $30 retail pricetag is steep for what thsi delivers. (3829 views)
 Tasted by JeffGMorris on 11/19/2005 & rated 79 points: STG Quilceda Creek tasting at Eric Levine's house. Dark ruby. Earth, spice and a charred character. A little sour on the finish. 50+10+8+5+6 =79 (3067 views)
 Tasted by KevinP on 11/13/2005: I got absolutely nothing from this wine - neither on the nose or the palate. I popped and poured at cellar temp. On smelling nothing, I decanted, shook, swirled, incanted, etc. Nothing over the next 4 hours. After 24 hours open in the decanter, still nothing, so down the drain it went. Very disappointing! Perhaps heat damaged??? (2921 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 9/15/2004 & rated 90 points: Dinner with Tracy at Bistro Laurent in Paso Robles. The nose was not the highlight of the wine. It showed chalk, chocolate, and medicinal mint. The palate, however, was terrific. It was lush and clean with tastes of chalk, chocolate, and brooding blackberry. Overall it was well balanced and long with terrific structure. Call it 85 for the nose and 93 for the palate. (2951 views)
 Tasted by wineismylife on 3/29/2003: Opened and decanted 30 minutes prior to serving in Spiegelau Authentis Rotwein glasses. Ruby/garnet color in the glass. Nose of plum, mocha, cedar and tobacco. Oaky flavors of cherry, licorice, plum and white pepper. Still a very tannic wine that softens over time in the glass. B+. Drink 2005 through 2010. (3073 views)
 Tasted by Easter Everywhere on 9/2/2002 & rated 87 points: Dark opaque blackish ruby, nose of dense currant, charred oak, sweet fruit, B4, T4, A4, silky pure fruit, toasty oak, well structured, good balance though a bit oaky, could be a killer w/time, day 2, aromas of deep currant spicy charred oak, very lush on the palate, currant, sweet plum toast, nice balance (289 views)

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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, September/October 2002, IWC Issue #104
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Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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Washington Wine
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

With 30,000+ acres planted, the state has ideal geography and conditions for growing premium vinifera wine grapes. Primarily grown on their own root stocks, the vines produce grapes of consistent quality, resulting in strong vintages year after year. While its focus is on Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the region also produces a wide range of other spectacular whites and reds.

Winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region's unique characteristics. Their hand-crafted wines are receiving wide acclaim from critics regionally, nationally and internationally for their consistently high quality. Many of them have received scores of 90 and above from the major wine media. Overall this is a higher percentage than other leading wine regions.

As the state's fourth largest fruit crop, the Washington wine industry is an important contributor to the long-term preservation of Washington agriculture. The industry is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and conservation of water resources.
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Washington produces more than 20 wine grape varieties - a ratio of 56 percent white to 44 percent red. As the industry matures and experiments, it finds many grape varieties that thrive throughout Washington's microclimates. There are more than 16,000 vineyard acres of red wine varieties statewide.

History & Vintages
Washington's wine future is limitless. As consumers discover the quality of Washington wines, demand continues to grow nationally and internationally. New acreage and wine varietals are being planted and new wineries are opening at a remarkable pace. Washington State is recognized as a premium viticultural region around the world.

State Facts
Washington's wine industry generates more than $3 billion to the state economy. It employs more than 14,000 people, directly and indirectly, with projections to add nearly 2,000 more jobs by 2006. In terms of tax revenues accrued to the state and federal government, wine grapes are among the highest tax generators of any agricultural crops. Furthermore, Washington wine tourism attracts nearly two million visitors annually contributing to the positive growth of local and regional economies.

Washington State - the perfect climate for wine = ideal growing conditions, quality wines, business innovation, lifestyle, and social responsibility. All are key elements of this world-class wine industry.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Cascade Winery Association

The Columbia Valley AVA lies mostly in Washington state, with a small section in Oregon. The Cascade Range forms its western boundary with the Palouse regions bordering the area to the east. To the north, the Okanogan National Forest forms a border with the AVA and Canada. It encompasses the valleys formed by the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Walla Walla River, the Snake River, and the Yakima River. The Columbia valley stretches between the 46th parallel and 47th parallel which puts it in line with the well known French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The northern latitude gives the areas two more hours of additional daylight during the summer growing season than wine regions of California receive. The volcanic and sandy loam soil of the valley offers good drainage and is poor in nutrients, ideal in forcing the vine to concentrate its resources into the grape clusters.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley Winery Association

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