Significant sediment; licorice, black currant, smoke driven; still pronounced fruit on palate; good acidity remains; tannins still medium plus, but better integrated than when young; enjoyable, but likely on downward trajectory.
Pop and pour. Deep ruby color. Cassis, cherries, vanilla, blackberries, licorice, and a bit of green herbs on the nose. Medium to full body with ripe, integrated tannins and very good acidity. A bit more subtle on the palate then the nose led me to believe, but still very nice fruit with a bit of spicy oak. Good length on the finish with the spicy oak outlasting the fruit. This is in prime drinking window and should stay there for a couple years.
I paid $20 for this. I'm floored by this wine. Cab typicity on the nose with a hint of perfume and wood. On the palate, MUCH richer than the bottle I had 6 months ago. Some cassis, spice and a slight pleasant hint of green. Not a ton of structure, this one seems to be on a fast path. Approachable, smooth - maybe those are characteristics of the '04 vintage, as this reminds me quite a bit of the '04 Keenan, both in style and QPR. Both leave me thinking "I could have a 6 pack of this for the price of 1 cult bottle".
Could not ask for more for the price. Ripe yet restrained aromas of plum, black currant, olive, oak and pencil shavings. Wonderfully balanced structure with classic cabernet flavors that are already developing. This wine could hold for a while I believe. Worth buying a couple bottles each vintage.
Three additional signs that the wine recession continues unabated. First, Wine Spectator reviewed a wine cube in the latest issue, don’t think they have ever done that before. Second, I was admitted to the Quilceda Creek mailing list after an absurdly short wait. Third, I received a “special” email offering of a well respected Napa Cab of a recent vintage at half off. Seems like cheaper prices will continue for awhile longer.
Still a nice ruby color, with just a faint hint of purple. While there were some blueberries on the nose I found the herbaceous aromas more prevalent – primarily ripe green olive. Pleasant mouth feel with flavors of cherries, redwood, and herbaceous green olive. Not a big wine, but tannins, acid, and fruit aplenty. A finish longer, fuller, and richer than any $25 cabernet should have. This wine is better than any score I can reasonably assign.
Decanted for an hour. Deep, dark ruby to purple color. Blackberries, cherries, vanilla, licorice, and a nice subtle earthy element on the nose. Medium to full body with persistent ripe tannins and good acidity. Blackberries, cherries, vanilla, and a bit of dried herbs on the palate. Very good length on the finish with spicy blackberries slowly giving way to dried herbs and a little bit of spicy oak. Drinking very nicely now but no hurry on this wine.
I think a year or two would be a little better for this bottle but this was great... Decanting this for an hour and a half or so would be great but we were out to dinner and did not have that available.
(1) Totally different from last bottle. This one had a very nice nose and finish and was tasty, but not outstanding, on the palate. Perhaps the first was a bad bottle? If they’re all like this then this is an outstanding QPR.
Decanted for about two hours prior to drinking. By this time the the tannins had mellowed leaving a smooth velvety mouth feel. Lots of berries and lasted on the pallate for a good 30-45 seconds. Overall a good value for the price. Would buy more and lay it down a bit longer
Deep, dark purple color. Vanilla, blackberries, dried herbs, earthy mushrooms, and a bit of cherry on the nose. Medium to full body with solid, ripe tannins and good acidity. Blackberries, vanilla, dried herbs on the palate with some oak. Good length on the finish with the dried herbs and berries giving way to a bit too much oak. Some additional cellar time will hopefully allow the oak to better integrate, but at this time, it gets in the way.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards at the base of Howell Mountain aged in 80% new French oak and 20% old American oak. Dark inky garnet color. Notes of black cherry, blackberry, along with mushrooms, fresh herbs and earth. Flavors of white pepper and dark fruit. An elegant style of Cabernet.
After a night of $40 Cabs, thought I try this one and see how a $20 cab stands up. Aired bottle/glass for 45 minutes. Amazing dark color! First thing I noticed was a good amount of oak influence, but balanced out nicely with air. Nose wasnt that strong but had some flavors going on, dark fruit followed by some earth and some oak. Almost fullbodied, smooth, moderate tannins, well balanced and fairly complex, medium-long finish. Blackberry, plums with some nice red cherries came in quite well after some air, tobacco, vanilla, spice and toasty oak. Had some 04 Turnbull left over to compare. Nose better with Turnbull, but fruit concentration was about equal and finish was same length, although this Buehler is ready to drink now with its softer tannins and more food friendly. 50+3+3+2+2+5+3+6+8+8=
Decent bottle of cab. Good for the price. A little on the woody side. Has a little bite or edge on the front end, may be a little acidic. Got better as it aired out. Was overshadowed by my own 03 Syrah.
A nice, bright bottle of Napa cab that is not overstated in any way, which seems to be difficult to find. A really enjoy the Buehler's I've had for letting the fruit express itself. Nice price as well. Great acidity. Well done.
First bottle from a case we bought. This has been a favorite at Sara's company, and we have had it several times at company functions. It is every bit of what everyone says, rich fruits, balanced with oak, glad I went for the case.
"Wine for Dummies" Drinker (me)...this certainly was one of the best cabernets I've had in a long time. Compared very favorably to a 2002 Silver Oak I had recently. Deep, rich color. Intoxicating smell that got better as it breathed. Incredible mouthfeel and a finish that lasted longer the more it breathed. Ordered a case of course. Tired of $10-$15 table wines! How's that for a dummy? Good wine at a great value!
WIML90,PURPLE91. No formal notes. Opened and let sit about 45 minutes before serving in a Spiegelau Authentis Magnum glass. Purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of black berries, boysenberries, currants and a smidge of smoke. Flavors of black berries, black cherries, bitters and a little mocha. Light to medium acidity and tannins with medium body. Drink over the short term. Still a QPR winner.
Color is dark garnet to the rim. Nose of dark fruit and toasty oak. On the palate, plush red and dark fruit at the fore, presented in a velvety swaddle of toast and spice. NIce wine, but not spectacular...a crowd-pleaser.