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2007 Quilceda Creek Red Wine Columbia Valley
Red Bordeaux Blend
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- > Columbia Valley
Community Tasting Notes 201
mtolerico Likes this wine: (93 points)
September 11, 2014 - 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.
galewskj wrote: (89 points)
September 8, 2014 - Consistent with previous note. Lacks balance, lots of fruit.
August 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.
slywka7 wrote: (92 points)
August 29, 2014 - 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.
SeaSmoke wrote: (89 points)
August 27, 2014 - Not much on the nose. Opened up after 60 minutes or so. Was underwhelmed by the lack of fruit on the palate.
Pro Reviews 3
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
By Stephen Tanzer
November/December 2010, Issue #153 (link)
(Quilceda Creek Vintners Red Wine Columbia Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
12/30/2010 (link) 90 points
(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)
Washington Wine Report
By Sean Sullivan
4/1/2010 (link) ***** points
(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.
- Vintage 2007
- Type Red
- Producer Quilceda Creek
- Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
- Designation Red Wine
- Vineyard n/a
- Country USA
- Region Washington
- SubRegion Columbia Valley
- Appellation Columbia Valley
- Pending Delivery 51 (1%)
- In Cellars 3498 (59%)
- Consumed 2375 (40%)