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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 35 
ProducerQuilceda Creek (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
DesignationRed Wine
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationColumbia Valley
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Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2018 (based on 30 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 91.1 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 341 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Triplet on 5/31/2015 & rated 91 points: Dont remember the specifics but was a good wine. (711 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/22/2015 & rated 91 points: Phenomenal QPR, drinking very well right now. It's in a great place. (1209 views)
 Tasted by BVal on 4/18/2015 & rated 90 points: Last tasted a little less than 3 years ago.

Color still very dark ruby -> medium ruby rim. Bouquet of cassis, minerals, chocolate and a whole pile of ash. Palate showed good fruit concentration but still a lot of chalky tannins. Still needs time--at least 2+ years more (that echoes what I said nearly 3 years ago). Volcanic ash, minerals, sour cherries and iodine blasting through the tannin cloak. Good acidity. Definitely more austere than its Cali cabernet counterparts. Great price but will it bring pleasure? Only time will tell . . . . (951 views)
 Tasted by rhalbert on 3/19/2015 & rated 92 points: When you wait long enough these drink fantastically and offer one of the best QPRs out there. Had with a gorgeous filet with melted Roquefort sauce. One of five wines we had at the 2nd Annual with Jackie and Randy (Noelle and Rick too!) (1419 views)
 Tasted by lirvingham on 2/19/2015 & rated 92 points: Great wine. Valentines day topper. Usual long quilceda style with years left. (1670 views)
 Tasted by slywka7 on 2/13/2015 & rated 92 points: Popped this before I went to work. Served a little too cool but understandable sine its 15 degrees out. Aromas of cherry, currant, blackberry and a to of earth. Flavors of cherry, blackberry, currant, earth and a touch of iron. Ends with a 2) second finish. Really worth the wait on these. (1465 views)
 Tasted by lirvingham on 1/20/2015: Wes drank this super fast which means he loves it. Very WA cab like. Nose of black licorice and flowers. Long palate that is even but also very large. (1682 views)
 Tasted by raek on 1/13/2015: Just as others have said, more time is needed to smooth out tannins and acidity. It kinda hits you in the face right now. (1761 views)
 Tasted by phantphant on 1/6/2015 & rated 75 points: WAY below QC standards...what happened here? (1689 views)
 Tasted by TL on 1/3/2015: needs a lot of time to open up (1351 views)
 Tasted by memphishusky on 10/11/2014: Amazing QPR wine (2816 views)
 Tasted by TheWineDon on 10/9/2014 & rated 92 points: Nice dark fruit on the nose with a velvety mouthfeel that gets better the longer the wine sits in the glass. Very nice. (2297 views)
 Tasted by dpolivy on 10/7/2014 & rated 92 points: Spice, meat, and dark fruit fill the nose. Richly textured with a mouth coating viscosity and softness. Dark fruit mingled with leather, cola and spice lead in to a finish with fine, persistent tannins and good acidity. (2318 views)
 Tasted by Pearls_b4Swine on 9/23/2014 & rated 92 points: Excellent bang for the buck; a wine to chew on. (2372 views)
 Tasted by mtolerico on 9/11/2014 & rated 93 points: Tasted blind, I thought initially on a pop and pour that this was a Grenache, however once opened I picked up on the Merlot very easily, however the Cabernet hides in this wine, even though it is the major varietal... It's very good, extracted yet balanced, for the price it's hard to beat. (2521 views)
 Tasted by galewskj on 9/8/2014 & rated 89 points: Consistent with previous note. Lacks balance, lots of fruit. (1520 views)
 Tasted by slywka7 on 8/29/2014 & rated 92 points: Opened bottle 4 hours before drinking but did not decant it. Aromas of blackberry, dark cherry, iron and a hint of plum. Nose is very big and expressive. Flavors of blackberry, cherry, touch of plum and kirsch liquor. Drinking very well and an unbelievable value. Glad I waited some extra time before popping into these because they need some time. (1498 views)
 Tasted by AACollection on 8/29/2014: Intense nose of cola, leather and some minty notes, though almost entirely secondary, just hints of some blueberries, but the fruit seems rather attenuated. Surprisingly lightweight on the palate, this lacks some of the density I've seen when drinking this wine younger. We opened this and let it sit for about 30 minutes before tasting. Heat was very present early on, but faded a bit with time. The heat was really distracting, and was replaced by a nice pepperiness. The tannin is still quite aggressive, which comes of as slightly out of balance now.

Day 2: While the fruit seemed rather dissipated last night, tonight, this was a very different wine. After getting back to room temperature, this was significantly better than yesterday. The cola on the nose was accented with a root-beer like sweetness. This softened into waves of intense red fruit. The tannins were still rather intense, but everything seemed much better balanced today. Thus, it seems that this wine was just really closed up to begin.

Day 3: Just a little bit left. That cola/root beer is still on the nose, and this still has some pretty significant tannic grip. Maybe a hint of liqueur. The heat and pepper is not really visible anymore.

On another note, this didn't play particularly well with food: with baby back ribs, it showed some bitterness in contrast to the (mildly) sweet and tangy sauce, and with fried chicken it just seemed deadening. (1532 views)
 Tasted by SeaSmoke on 8/27/2014 & rated 89 points: Not much on the nose. Opened up after 60 minutes or so. Was underwhelmed by the lack of fruit on the palate. (1500 views)
 Tasted by ogres3 on 8/24/2014 & rated 89 points: Not overwhelmed. Nose a bit green and musty. Fruit not complex. Let others drink the bottle. Possibly corked but no reason why. (1268 views)
 Tasted by thebonnydooner on 8/22/2014 & rated 89 points: This is an intense ripe wine - full of black cherry, sweet blackberry and currant, on both nose and palate. There is a sweetness to the fruit that I find a little off putting - there is decent balance but would prefer a little more acidity. Very soft tannins, still a little heat on the finish. (1293 views)
 Tasted by no leashes on 6/19/2014 & rated 92 points: Black fruit, spice, mineral, dark chocolate and earth flavors, delicious, well balanced. Still not completely mellow so could use some time. We gave a 20 minute decant, could use more, but we loved it! (2050 views)
 Tasted by memphishusky on 6/12/2014: This is so good and with the QPR, its hard to beat. (1984 views)
 Tasted by nbkat8 on 6/6/2014 & rated 93 points: PNP - wait at least 30 minutes then silky mouthfeel, long finish. Really good. (2002 views)
 Tasted by La Cave d'Argent on 5/26/2014 & rated 88 points: This opaque ruby blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec delivers aromas of rich black cherries, dark chocolate, clove and coriander. Full-bodied on the palate, it frames black fruit and mineral flavors with low-to-medium acidity and medium-weight, fairly fine-grained tannins. The alcohol (listed as 15.2%) does show some heat, even when served as low as 60 F. This heat becomes most noticeable on the medium-to-long back end. While very enjoyable and still packed with fruit, it is concerning that the alcohol is not fully integrated. Drink now-2024. (2064 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, November/December 2010, IWC Issue #153
(Quilceda Creek Vintners Red Wine Columbia Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (12/30/2010)
(Quilceda Creek Red Wine Columbia Valley) Nearly opaque purple red violet color; berry, red plum nose; rich, rounded berry, ripe cassis, caramel oak palate with sweet tannins, needs 2 years; medium finish 90+ pts. (72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec)  90 points
By Sean Sullivan
Washington Wine Report (4/1/2010)
(Quilceda Creek Red Wine Columbia Valley) Dark to the point of being opaque. A pretty nose with licorice, oak spices, blackberry, red fruit, and light floral notes. On the taste, an opulent, rich, outrageously textured wine with gobs of black fruit, chocolate, and spice. Very tightly compact on the palate at present. Shows a little heat at times. Give two to three years. 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec. 15.2% alcohol. To be released in Fall 2010.  ***** points
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Quilceda Creek

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2007 Quilceda Creek Red Wine Columbia Valley

Winery: "The Quilceda Creek 2007 Columbia Valley Red Wine is a blend of declassified lots, which reflect the richness and complexity of this fabulous vintage. As with all of our wines, it represents a great quality to price ratio. This medium-bodied wine displays black cherry fruit, roasted herbs, marzipan, cocoa, smoke and minerals. Approachable now, this blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec will be best enjoyed over the next 15 years."

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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