Huge nose, rich red/black fruit, fresh asphalt, ash, tobacco. Smells like a huge wine. Tastes like a huge wine as well, long, intense palate of black fruit, tobacco and structure. The alcohol is up there as it somehow overwhelms the intense flavors in the mid-palate and finish, muddling up the experience a bit. Overall this was quite a bruiser, it paired well with the steak but was sort of lost during the rest of the meal. I feel like this is a wine done in a particular style, if you like these huge Washington reds you will likely enjoy this. If you don't, well, you won't. I'm middle of the road on it.
Slow O'ed for a couple hours...red and blue fruits, but the most enjoyable dynamic was the silky smooth tannins followed by a nice finish with no heat whatsoever...these CVR's are drinking great with some age.
Finally this wine is ready to drink! We have a case of it and have been tasting a bottle each year for the last four--too much oak, too much alcohol, too huge--not my deal. Finally it is better integrated and balanced, much smoother, very good.
Greenblanket didn't even know he had this wine in his cellar (Damn, how he wishes he had bought and forgot a bottle of 2004 Pegau or a nice mid level Pomerol for the same price). Oh well, we live with our mistakes and enjoy them the best that we can. This features ripe dark fruit with the signature blueberry element. Did I say ripe? The oak is resolved and the tannin smooth but strong. The best Greenblanket can say is, that while this wine is not his over extracted cup of tea, it is not wildly out of balance.
My only complaint with this wine is that it's overly perfumed, and that is almost entirely oak. Putting your nose in it sometimes feels like you've tipped over the entire fragrance counter of a department store onto the floor. Medium to full bodied, still a fair amount of structure, but the tannins are nothing like they were 3-4 years ago.
Double decanted and reviewed 2 hours after opening. Nose is very attractive with lots of fruit, oak spice, interesting complexity. Palate is smooth, dense without a lot of weight, the oak is still prominent and this could go quite a bit longer.
Annual Tasting Group Holiday Party (Porter Creek, Mpls, MN): Very dark purple-red color. Followed 1 glass over 60 minutes. This shows more promise than the '03 with some big black fruits and some intensity on the palate. What scares me is that the balance is nowhere to be found with oodles of sharp oak and the alcohol showing through. If this does what the '03 did, and the fruit fades, then I don't know what kind of longevity this can have or whether there is a chance this will resolve and integrate. Apparently it's not my style.
Popped and poured. Nose of dark cherry fruit and a little kirsch. Very smooth and elegant with medium plus body. Plenty of ripe, dark fruit without being over the top. Secondary notes of coffee, smoke and some green vegetable flavors. Medium length finish with smooth tannins. Did not get the heat I encountered with my previous bottle. This seems to be in a good place just now and should remain there for a while. Excellent QPR.
A free replacement for a corked bottle, this one was far from flawed. Drank over the course two nights, it held up well. Showed the usual balance and integration I expect from this red wine from Quilceda, definitely one of the best values in WA.
Pop n pour. Rich nose of dark berry reduction with rose petal undertone. medium mouthfeel. Darker berry and plum in mouth initially. Mid palate brings some earth and stems, along with balanced acidity. By one hour uncorked, integrates a bit more with richer mouthfeel.
Popped and aerated in bottle for 2+ hours. Medium-plus purple/garnet, hazy hue...quite youthful in appearance, actually. Solid perfume of plummy fruits and dark berries intermingled with root vegetables/vegetal funk, vanilla bean, and a touch of smoke. Medium-plus body. On the palate, a nice core of fruit flavors represented by blackberry and cherry flavors is complimented by discreet herbaceous notes (menthol, mint, fresh oregano), tinges of mocha, and as with the nose, a touch of smoke from toasted oak. Certainly some heat too. Moderate acidity along with chewy, astringent tannins on the medium-plus close. Starting to integrate and perhaps even open up, this continually improved over a 4-5 hour timespan...seems like it should be reaching an apogee in the next 2-3 years. Best bottle since on release.
decanted for 1 hour, which might not have been enough. Not as extracted as expected, more on the balanced side with a touch of earthy greenness. Nice fresh finish. Nice for a 2nd wine and for the QPR. bought on release for $35
Decanted for 45 mins and followed over 3 hours. Decanter is screaming blackberry blackcherry as the wine is poured from the bottle. After waiting 45 mins, this is incredibly silky and lush on the palate. While the mouthfeel is elegant, there's no mistaking this as anything but a New World wine. Dark, ripe fruits, a hint of spice, blackberry. This is really in a good place.
Opened with Darioush Cab 09, Conn Valley 06, Togni Tanbark Hill 02 and Columbia Crest Resv 07. While all are great, this 05 Quilceda second label had the most room to run. Still incredibly young, it was decanted for over 7 hours. The nose started out very closed down with leather, tobacco lead pencil and cigar box. Over time the black currant, blackberry and black cherry emerged. This wine clearly has many years left but if you can't wait, give it a good overnight decant at cellar temp and you'll be rewarded for patience.
I agree with Traxx, but maybe not so harshly. After a few-hour decant it's smoothing out, but what's left is a very oaky, liquor-like Cabernet, without the structure and freshness of fruit of really high-quality WA or CA Cabernet. In a word: disappointing.
I popped the cork and let it open up in the bottle for a little over an hour. The wine had lost the grip that was there just a few years ago. It still had nice fruit but the lack of tannin made it feel flat. With that said I like a punchy wine. Enjoy these soon, they're not getting any better.
Big massive body. Nose of dark fruit and tar. On the palate there was nice structure. Full mouth feel with a velvety texture. The flavor was not very expressive. Black berry, black tea and that was about it. A little disapointed.
Dark red color. Pretty nose of black currant and blackberry fruit, with a nice earthy streak. In the mouth, lightly herbal and effusively fruity, showing ripeness but also good balance and moderate restraint. Solid wine. A-
Opened by Allred. Decanted for 4 hours. Heavily sedimented. Coffee, black fruit and sweet licorice. Very tight when first opened and did not open that much with time. Really not that enjoyable now. Wait 10 years? 85+ points.
Outstanding. Sytlistically Quilceda Creek. Great value for money. Expressive on the nose and tongue. Spice and perfume. Full mouth feel, yet not heavy. Balanced. Nice fruits. Good finish. Tasted several bottles in first half of 2012.
Decanted and consumed over about 4 hours. Initially, this was pretty closed, but only took an hour to open up, and improved through the last glass. Very dense and concentrated, with aromas and flavors of flinty currant, plum and licorice. Good finish. Peaking, IMO, but will certainly hold for 5+ years, I'd estimate.
Age is starting to serve the QC Reds well. I've always found them to be very dry - almost reminiscent of a glass of chianti poured at your local Italian restaurant - and to a fault, the chilled '05 was no different. But this one eased back a little not long after pour, flowering into a more supple drinker. The tannic backbone is still strong here, and suggests this could go another decade.
- Garnet color with medium forming legs - Decanted for three hours which helped the wine. When I first opened this bottle in 07 it was terribly acidic but this has evolved. Nice easy drinker with steak.
Pulled from cellar (one more left of 8). Opened and poured in glass. Swirled and hand warmed for 30 minutes before first sip. Very aromatically challenged. Not much sediment in bottle. Red fruit and light vanilla oak aromatics with a very light hint of coffee…but very light. Medium body and no heaviness (a good thing)….but the wood is overbearing at this time and that "purity" of fruit that you get on the flagship cabs is nowhere to be found. Some chocolate notes (less than what I remember from last year) and tannins are very smooth at this time. 60 mins later still aromatically challenged with more wood and vanilla aroma but pairing well (smooth and nice mouth feel) with the pot roast and BCS game…. IMHO not going to get any better w age and remained very one dimensional (but a good one dimension….but being a QC I want to hold this to a higher bar). Reaffirms my belief that second wines from CA and WA just may not be worth the price (Napanook withstanding for my taste). Have not touched the 06/07 or 08’s QC red wines yet…but now going to start. Second half BCS bottle is 06 Schrader CCS (look for review later).
HEAVY WINE, there is nothing that describes this better. These wines have plenty of time but if you insist...the heavy mouth feel is set from tight tannin that yields to dark fruits and leather, not a lot of smoke, I am not complaining though. After being open but not decanted for three hours this wine is still gigantic but extemely tasty.
Decanted for 2 hours. Bricking on the edges and has changed from a dark purple in color to an aged red. Lots of heat on the finish. Nothing special and the last few times I've had the QC Red Wine, I confirm to myself that I will be only buying the Cabs. Better wines at $38.
Birthday wine with filet, mushrooms, bread, salad, peas, and chocolate cake with chocolate icing. Opened 2.5 hours before dinner, still a bit closed and hot with the first glass. By dinner, it had the classic Red Mountain feel. Spice, mocha, dark fruits that were wonderful with the steak. A big, young wine but oh so good.
Would agree largely with Anthony Lombardi. There is a lot of oak on this wine. I'm not as against it as he was. I drank this over two days...first day it was big, rich, opulent, fruit forward, lots of chocolate, dark black fruits and coffee (definitely with oak underlying it). Second day the tannin and oak settled a bit, however, alcohol came though a bit more on the nose. I'm thinking this will come together in 3-5 years. If drinking before that I'd strongly encourage at least 2 hours decant and bring to room temp before thinking of serving. Nice wine, way outperforms crap for the same price.
A promising wine but just not ready. Open for two and a half hours and barely opened up. Saved half a bottle for the second day. But I would say two years away from drinking well though the breeding is clear.
Drank over three days. Opaque violet, nearly pitch black at the core.
Day 1- Nearly a waste of time. Oak dominates both nose and palate. Heavy, almost fatiguing to drink. Some dark fruit obscured by sweetish oaky flavors. Good tannic structure. Long finish.
Day 2- The nose is still dominated by oak aromas. Don't get me wrong, oak can enhance wine, but this is completely over the top. Integrating slowly on the palate as some complexity and layers of fruit are starting to emerge. Red and black with tons of mocha and tobacco. The weight isn't as viscuous as the previous day.
Day 3- The oak has finally integrated, and now the nose offers black raisined fruit and some alcoholic fumes. Full bodied, but not flabby, the mid palate shows the mix of brooding black fruit still transitioning to sweeter mocha on the back (maybe the oak is still lingering). Heat on the finish.
This is muddled and messy. I suppose I would say bottle age these, but I have no idea what will be waiting for you on the other side.
Pop and pour, with an hour of air (undecanted). Muted aromatics, some light coffee/tobacco. Medium+ weight, more tobacco/leather, ripe dark fruit, some blueberry notes as well. Great drinking wine and an outstanding QPR.
Drank with pizza. Nice dark fruit and coffee aroma. Taste has the coffee and blackberry, with some oak coming through in the mid-palate, but not much. A little bit of tannins still coming through at the end, but it works well. Seems to be coming together really well, but I think this would be great in another year or two.
Decanted 2 hours and rebottled. Lots of jammy fruit on the nose with some kirsch liquor. Great attack of blackberry and blueberry fruit on the palate with notes of smoke and a little spice and some roasted coffee. The fruit is quite extracted and a little sappy which will not doubt put off a lot of people. 20+ second finish with some grippy tannins showing. Just a little heat which was not too bothersome for me. For those who, like me, can enjoy a slightly more extracted style, this is an outstanding effort and represents a good QPR. Should drink well for many years.
Deep, dark purple color - medium-full bodied - complex, soft polished bouquet and tastes of ripe black and red berry fruits, a soft layer of mocha and vanilla with a smooth moderate tannin finish. Nice easy drinking wine when the call is for a sophisticated red during the hot weather. Nice complement to grilled tenderloin and roasted potatoes - and to the chocolate berry desert. The soft smooth character of this wine seems to be contrary to the the blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot. This wine is consistently enjoyable.
Popped and poured. Medium-plus deep garnet, hazy. Quite the interesting, yet certainly bizarre nose...think blackberry, black raspberry jam, fresh root vegetables, decaying meat, floral incense, and perhaps a bit of vanilla-tinged smoke. Perhaps this is showing a bit reduced. Medium-plus body. The bizarre aromas do not extend to the palate, where this wine shows classic QC notes of blueberries and blackberries along with hints of spice, pipe tobacco, vegetal flavors, and toasted oak. The tannins are plush on the moderate close. Well balanced, this still has years to go but is definitely in a nice spot.
Quick commentary: While finding the "funk" in a WA wine is certainly possible, I can't recall any other vintage of QC Red wine from 2003 on that has showed this character. Personally, I find it to be from bottle reduction as opposed to terrior and indeed, I made note of this in 2008 when I tried a bottle upon receiving my shipment.
Crushed red berries and flower petals on the nose. Red berry and some black berry flavors up front; smooth tanins came out mid-palate. (Agree with prior review on lavendar throughout.) Lingering coco, pomegranant, and tanins.
Wow, this baby was surprisingly good. Definitely the epitomy of what WA wine should be built like. Full body with nice integration, and structure. Tannins very well balanced. Nose had some backing spice on top of red fruit a touch of licorice, vanilla and the slightest bit of WA funk. Blueberries throughout. Long, smooth finish.
A nice sipping wine with blueberry liquor, vanilla, chocolate, and tobacco on the nose and palate. The nose was a little warm with a nut thing coming through when first opened. Sat in the decanter for 1.5 hrs. Lush mouthfeel with very sweet blue and black fruits coated with chocolate. A cocktail wine for me not a food wine. Will hold remaining bottle for 5 years to see where this goes.
Too much oak and too much heat on the finish. Beautiful fruit, bright blueberry, vanilla, black berry, lavender. Silky mouth feel. Needs more time, but not sure if it will every come around and be in balance.
WLTV Offline - Best of WA Tasting (Russell's, Bothell, WA): The nose had aromas of red fruits, spicy oak, and heat. The palate had cherry and blueberry flavors with some green tobacco nuances. Full bodied with a spicy mouthfeel and medium long finish. The finish turned slightly medicinal near the end. I used to really enjoy the Quilceda red wine bottlings, but they just don't quite do it for me the way they once did.
served at party...but brought home most of bottle. Tried it tonight 3 nights later and not sure how it was stored in terms of temperature...cork was in which is the dark purple plastic one like Behrens uses...this is a very big, ripe wine that probably still needs decanting....will try that tomorrow
This was just an OK bottle. Kind of a musty mushroom taste to it. The dark fruits were not integrated as well as I would have liked. Literally 100's of wines that are masquerading as something better then they really are.
First of all, this bottle was in the decanter for over five hours before consumption. Take a peak at my previous '05 or '06 post. This wine sheds those unwanted tendencies if you have the patience or time to let it hit air before drinking, lots of it. I have to tell you, this little gem did start out as the wooded monster many talk about, it also had disjointed components. This all seemed to meld as it evolved in the decanter, yum. All I can say is the QC red kicks ass. In addition to the tons of dark fruit, I had a spice that reminded me of cinnamon that led to the tannins, similar in consistency to tea. The crescendo of flavors in the mouth lingered after the wine was gone. Bad news, down to my last couple, good news, the '07 is soon to be released. MERRY CHRISTMAS to all....
Decanted 3 hours. Dark Purple color. Still a bit tight after 3 hours. Rich nose of pencil shaving, earth, spices and plenty of dark fruit. The fruit doesn't carry to the palate. Lots of oak and massive gripping tannins, with noticable heat. I would not sip this, but pairs well with some red meat.
Starting to taste much better. Opened up nicely after some decanting. Definitely a great example of washington cab, with just enought of the earthy bacterial to let you know it's there but not overpower anything. Thoroughly enjoyed. No shortage of fruit.
Consistent to prior bottles. Perhaps softening up a little. Needs time and/or air. Big improvement after about 2-3 hours in glass. Rich, ripe aromas, smooth tannins. Finished with sage, blackberry and spice.
Popped & poured. Much better than last bottle. Bottle variation or another year of age in the bottle. Still needs more time & still has too much oak for my taste. But, much smoother with softer weet tannins. Alcohol didn't seem as obtrusive, but is still there. Flavors felt more balanced. Nose shut down after initial pour.
Decanted 1 hr. I was surprised, no shocked at how disjointed this was for the first hour. All I could smell and taste was the alcohol and jellied fruit. An hour later somewhat brought this into focus, though it never really gained in any complexity of note. Pretty raspberry coulis flavors paired with a somewhat dominant oak signature brought out a passable beverage, nothing more.
I am not a scorekeeper but know what is a great wine. This was not my style, TG I only have three left. My vivid memory of this wine brought me back to grade school where I would chew on my pencil, yum. I desperately hunted for the fruit that I've come to love from Washington wines, must have left it out of this one. My yearning for the evolution was not quenched. OK, here comes the good news, I felt this wine was created by a team that walks a very high wire, it is one of the best balanced wines I've had, once again only missing component was that darn fruit. I feel this wine would be worthy of a score of ninety if and only if the finish was there. Still, all in all, this is a fine wine for the dough. Final thought, I have a cellar of their other selections, hoping to find the fruit in them, if not I will have no other choice but to get rid of them, or use them for cooking(JK).
Very nice nose of blueberry and and strawberry maybe a little herbs. On the palate good silky attack then a nice palate staining mid palate with the finish just a little short. The nose carries over nicely to the palate. Very good and for the release price a steal. Will drink from 2010-2015.
Opened + 60 min air in bottle. Deep ruby, almost purple with nice nose of black berries and cedar. Medium to full body; mouth coating with long finish. Blueberry, mineral and spice on the palate with cedar & blackberry notes coming in on the finish. This is a surprisingly good wine for the price - the equal, if not the better, of many Napa cab/cab franc bottles for 3x the price. This is also not the Quilceda Cab but very, very nice. If you can find it near the release price - buy it!
More open in pop and pour than I would have expected. Nice red and blue fruits. Healthy dose of oak, vanilla, cedar etc throughout. Pretty firm tannins at the moment. Nice wine, not earth changing in the least. I will do what I can to wait on my remaining bottle a couple years. We shall see how well I succeed.
The first night it was open, it was tight and showed very little. 2 days later and there is no sign of oxidation, it is still tight with stiff tannins but is starting to show some signs of life. Showing the trademark taste of blueberries with a hint of mint, it needed the thick and rare rib steaks we ate with it.
WOW! had the previous bottle about 8months ago and man this is light years from where it was then. Popped to reveal a beautiful nose of blackberries, blueberries, mint and eucalyptus. On the palate it has some pretty aggressive oak but the fruit really stands up to it. Lots of the black and blue berries, carmel, coco, tobacco, and some green vegges with some red fruits peaking in and out. Pretty massive on the palate. After a day in the bottle some jalapenos came on the nose with more coco. I am really impressed with were this bottle is heading and wish I had a bottle or two more to follow it's progression.
Probably the best bottle of wine we've had all year. Awesome nose. Seemed a little tight at first taste, then smooth silk. I was really surprised at how feminine this wine was. Can't wait (but will) to drink my other bottles.
Inky purple color with clear edge. Big rich curranty nose with hints of spice. Thick tannic, goes well with London Broil. Open 2 hours: Smoothing out. Quite rich and silky now. Should drink best 2010–15. 91 points. Open 2 days (4/28/09): Has mellowed beautifully! This is very tasty stuff. Amy likes it a lot. “Warm, friendly Cabernet!” 93 points.
It has been several months so wanted to try this again. Decanted through vinturi into decanter at 1:30PM and poured a small amount into a glass as well. Sampled every hour and found this really needed time. Tight and sharp with alcohol at first. Went through a licorice phase which i've seen before with this wine. At 3 hours I was getting worried although it showed some improvment. Finally consumed with T-bone steak at 8pm (6.5 hours of decanting) and really liked what we found. Tobacco, nice amount of dark fruit, medium-full body and a nice lasting finish without the strong alcohol. it's really a diferent wine but very enjoyable. This is good booze.
Another solid performance from this wine. Dark fruits ont he nose, some black cherry, charcoal and underbrush. In the mouth, fine grained tannins and nice mouthfeel. Well rounded wine, nice nose, good mouthfeel and decent finish. This should improve with some age.
has calmed down a bit over the last 4 months. big sour cherry and currant nose and palate impression with firm dry finish. paired nicely with filet, garlic mashers and green beans. drank nicely on its own after the meal.
Clear, dark ruby. Clean, medium plus intensity aromas of blackberry, plum, rubber, dark choco. Medium acid, medium tannin, medium-plus body. Flavors match aromas. Nice smooth tannin, herbs and flowers on the finish. Hold until 2H 2010.
Very rough and tight out of the bottle; let it spend an hour in a decanter before retrying. Much more approachable, and it didn't change much after 2 hours in the decanter. Nose and flavors lacking the typical QC profile. As noted earlier, much more restrained than I've seen from earlier vintages of QC red, plum on the nose, the sligtest fine-grained tanins. More strawberry and raspberry, and no sign of oak or other "rougher" components. Enojyable, but thin and one-dimensional with a brief finish. Went very well with a nice steak dinner.
Somewhat restrained nose of plum, licorice and dark chocolate. Big black fruit and a predominant sour cherry in the mouth. With a two hour decant, remains a bit tart. Still a nice mouthfeel, with the dusty tannins. if i had patience, i'd let these sit more.
Popped this open and poured a small share. Thought the wine was very disjointed, hot and unpleasant. After an hour in the decanter we tried this again, and much had evolved over that short time. Paired with Humboldt Fog. This exhibited bright red raspberries and ripe cherry. Unparalleled texture, smooth and silky. In my opinion the oak was very complementary. Over the night I became a big fan of this style. I have a few of the cabs from various years which I am very eager to try now. Delicious!
Decanted of a bit over an hour. Initial flavors or currant, and blue fruits a touch of green, but something else was underneath and present on the front end of the finish... it was a little funky or stewey. nice balanced proportions, plenty of wood showing, but I believe in time it will integrate. I look forward to where this is going and believe it will get better. I like that it is not Napa and not Bordeaux, but it something unto itself.
Pop and Pour. Really light wine, has an elegance to it but it's "lacking" a little something. Hints of Cocoa , sour cherries, and light raspberries on the mid palate with a really interesting lush forest berry nose that dissipates away to some wood and plum. It needs some time before it'll really come on strong if it's big brother is any indication.
Not ready for prime time at the 60 min mark. Heavy spice and grain alcohol on the nose, with very little fruit breaking through. Alcohol (vs. heat) on the taste, somewhat bitter and tannic. Bit of dark fruit (cherry) and mocha? At the 3 hour mark, it started to mellow out a bit, with the alcohol on the nose dying down and more cherry coming through on the taste.
Dark Purple/Black... Nose of pencil shavings, plums, black cherry, cedar and spice - wonderful lush mouthfeel - intense flavors of dark cherry, spice, oak and alcohol come in waves - finish is hot with mouth drying tannins.
This has the stuffing to be very nice - just very imbalanced right now - I will let these sleep for a while.
Very nice meritge. Nose is tight, but ushers in medicinal black cherry in a good way, a touch of cedar and a faint bell pepper note. This wine was splash decated for 30 minutes and consumed over 2.5 hours. I've had 3 vintages of this wine and to me this is the best of those. This will certainly benefit from time. If you have one to burn, its definitely worth it. I beleive it will be drinking at its peak in 3 to 5 years. I don't get the oak and alcohol as some others have noted, but I am not sensitive to either.
Opened this Thanksgiving evening (see previous tasting note). A full glass remained in the bottle with a rubber cork (exposed to air in bottle), which I poured & tasted last night. Amazing how full this wine is even after 72 hours. Still has gobs of black fruit & oak, but much more drinkable. Needs more time in the botttle& I hope some of that alcohol burns off. I'm amazed at the level of extraction they get out of their grapes. This wine does not have the level of finance & elegance (although still a BIG wine) as their top shelf Cab offering.
consumed this bottle over 3 days time and it was drinking best on day 3. Initially this was pretty closed down, but showed currant, cherries and some dark fruit flavors with an herbal edge and a medium length finish. This needs a few years to really come together and show its best. Rating is for day three impression. Hold for 3-4 years and drink over the next 10.
Tons of fruit, oak, spice & alcohol. Had to walk away from it. After 3 hours, it improved greatly, but this thing needs to be put aside for a while to soften out. Hopefully, the alcohol won't dominate at that point though. Very well made & great for its style. A totally different experience from the '05 QC Cab!
Massive concentration on this bad boy and ill be letting my 2nd bottle age 4 several years. The nose was dominated by black currents & black cherries but there were some blue fruits in there 2. Plenty of green peppers & graphite from the cab franc w/some spicy oak rounding it out. On the palate it was an explosion of concentrated flavors. Everything from the nose followed 2 the palate but there was some heat 2. Almost went a lil auzzie 4 me. But definitely a 1st class red table wine 4 sure. I liked the 04 a lil better probably because of the extra bottle time.
Did not decant. For the 1st 30 mins, this had an explosive nose of blueberry and spicy oak. Very concentrated during this time. After 30 mins, the wine began to mellow into what I would call a subdued relative of the estate cab. The same profile and mouthfeel, but much less of it. Does not have the concentration of the estate cab, but is very good for the price. Jay Miller states that it's true to the QC style, and he is dead on.
A little disjointed. Maybe because it was just received and shaken for a few days. We let this air for a while and the group thought this was outstanding and definately better than the 04 but it needs time in the bottle for sure. Try the next one in a year or so. Definately worth the $$$.
Nose is fantastic, if you like sweet. Huge candied strawberry and raspberry with a hint of milk chocolate. Loads of milk chocolate and raspberry on the palate without being too sweet and a very good balance. Absolutely worth the price of admission.
Popped and set aside for 2+ hours aeration. Even for a QC, this wine exhibits a deep hue....darker than the 2003 and 2004. Very closed aromatically, some notes of red & black fruits, herbs, oak, and a touch of reduction. Medium-plus body. Interesting red fruits on the palate....cherry, raspberry, even strawberry. Certainly more herbaceous than prior vintages, think tobacco leaf with a hint of anise. Big, chewy tannins. The oak is much better integrated in 2005 (especially when compared to the '03). On day 2 it didn't budge....maybe closed down even further! Still, this has a great core of fruit.
There is a lot going on in this one, but it NEEDS time in bottle. Tremendous potential, I'll open my next in 2010.
I really didn’t get a chance to spend much time with this wine, but it disappeared very quickly with group, and many positive comments were overheard. I was impressed with this at the QC release party this last spring, and clearly this is one of the better made Red’s made in recent vintages
Figured I'd take one for the team and open one of my freshly shipped bottles of the latest QC red. Great weekend with the wife at Alderbrook on hood canal. Had the bottle with New York steak and it was very, very good. First few drinks were good but not great--and then it actually went down hill for a while. I got a weird taste, almost like licorice for a while--but let it sit and breathe in the bottle. at about 50 minutes it really picked up and became wonderful. this continued and was what i would call borderline incredible after about and hour and 15 minutes.
I would not hesitatate to open one if you have one and were wondering if it's too early. Mine was shipped a short distance from the winery to Redmond, WA, and then went in the car for a couple hours to the resort--all with no issues.
Blind tasted this with 04 Quilceda and 01 Barolo...the 05 was the clear winner. Balanced and elegant, I wish I had much more than a few bottles. I could not get enough. The 04 was very good also, just not quite as balanced.
Popped and poured 48 hours after shipment arrived to see how the wine is fairing since tasting at release party in April. Drinking the best of any of the Red Wines I've had from QC. Leaps and bounds better than the '04 opened the previous night, which was monolithic, disjointed, hot and the worst of the bottles we've had. The '05 had more lift and elegance (for QC) than previous vintages. There is a balance to this wine that is nice to see from the producer.
Tasted at the release of the 05 Cab. This is a great value if it stays in the $30 range. Great fruit and more noticable oak than in the 05 Cab. Hopefully some of the oak will mellow out by the time it is released. I would be very happy drinking this wine very often.
2008 Taste of Washington (Qwest Field Event Center, Seattle): Meh, this second wine of Quilceda Creek didn't impress, although it is young. Very tight with uninteresting bouquet. Nothing to write home about on the palate. Little finish. I've had several previous vintages of this wine which were quite good so had higher expectations. Dissappointing.