Domestic Cab dinner (Eddie V's): Very ripe yet vegetal nose displaying black fruit, fruit cake, coffee, ink, port and earth. Very good concentration, clumsy overripe black fruits, vegetal and a bit of heat. Not a big fan. I have enjoyed 90’s Quilceda Creek so I am hoping this will come together but I doubt it.
Took to dinner to celebrate a friend's birthday last week. Don't recall the specific flavor profile but it was singing right out of the bottle. Been holding on to my QC's for a long time for them to come around and after seeing some recent comments here decided it was time to uncork one. Was not disappointed.
This one did not turned out the way I expected. After tasting couple of bottles of the 2006 Galitzine Vineyard I expected more balanced wine. Overripe dark fruit with alcohol dominating the nose; no finesse, no balance, not my style.
i am totally biased, but this was one of the best wines i have ever had. shared a bottle with my wife to celebrate our 31st anniversary. soft, smooth, big fruit - plum, black cherry and a hint of chocolate on the finish
Drank this side by side with a 2005 and its older brother won the fight (but not by much). Both needed a few hours to take shape but this was a beautiful showing once it opened up. A real treat, but I feel like it's a few years away from a truly great showing.
Charcoal, earthen blackberry, cassis and faint blueberry. In the mouth, smooth, well-integrated and well-balanced. A touch of heat on the finish and noticeable structure. Plenty of life ahead of it, but accessible now.
WOW. This is a truly great wine. Decanted at 2 pm and then poured back into the bottle at 5:30. Carried to the restaurant and opened at about 6:30. Shared with six non-geek friends so it did not last long. Meat juices, dark fruit, a bit of coffee and chocolate, great power but extremely smooth with no astringent tannins. Everyone loved the wine. Why do so many people dislike QC? I have never had a bad one and this one is fantastic. I have a mag of the 2007 and I will give it 5-10 more years. It might get even better.
Deep purple color with a bouquet and flavor of black currants, complemented by vanilla oak. Seamless and caressing on the palate with no rough edges. Wonderful balance and nuance with a long finish. Exceptional.
Double decanted and brought to Bouquet with Kevin and Liz. Dark opaque purple. Enchanting nose of blackberry, cassis, cedar, and graphite. Full palate of blackberry, cassis, plum, and vanilla. Superb length. Vivacious acidity. Silky texture. Youthful tannins. Not ready for prime time, but not closed or shut down.
Just entering its maturity, and beginning to become approachable. Perfumed cassis, blueberry, smoke, and finishing with a hit of chocolate. Tannins rounding out but still grippy enough to suggest lots of time left for further maturity.
Pop and poured into a decanter and followed until it was gone. Went quickly. Served with pita chips. The wine had thrown off some sediment. Big nose of black cherries and violets. Beautiful floral nose of violets and some licorice root along with the ripe cherries. Rich wine with dark fruits and a bit of licorice. Round in the mouth. Smooth tannins ion the finish. A big wine but not overweight.
Strong Cabernet nose. Dark cherry woody nose. Very full explosive taste but not napa like full. There is a restraint. But very tight tannins, still youthful. Sweet aspect too. Long finish. Very solid wine. Opened way early, lesson learned. Going between 94-95 but think it hits the higher number..
Brought by our friend who flew in from Seattle. Violated the blind theme rule (LOL). Lots of plum, dark blue fruit, some eucalyptus. I thought mountain fruit. Some volcanic rock undertones. Not much mouthfeel, somewhat closed.
This is what we get when I ask my husband to pick somethng from the cellar and give no guidelines! We were going t dinner at our local pizza joint and I asked him to make the selection. Somehow, he got this bottle confused with the $35 red wine that Quilceda Creek offers so we had an unplanned treat. My only regret is that we did not have a decanter. Over the 2 hours that we ate, the wine continued to open up. It should be even better in a couple of years
Brought to a restaurant after a four hour, double decant. Everything is there and all aspects worth critiquing are actually perfect. One of the best American Cabernets ever. See previous notes. Drink 2017 -.
Wow! This is a well structured and integrated cab. No harsh tannins and the right amount of acidity. The fruit is there, just not too forward. I would have to agree with the experts--dang near PERFECT!
Decanted for 4 hours? Big, black fruit. This wine is huge, but starting to show its character. Coffee, black currant, boysenberry. Still quite tannic, big backbone, this wine has at least 10 more years.
Pop and pour and followed for several hours. Drunk warmer than optimal. Black cherry, plum, forest floor, caramel, herbs, violets, cassis, smoke, and wood on the nose. Black cherry, blackberry, tart cherry, vanilla, licorice, herbs, dark chocolate, coffee, and earth on the palate. Really nice freshness, underlying tannins, super long finish (several minutes). I was impressed that this could be big but still so fresh. Hopefully it gains complexity over the next 3-5 years. Would buy again at its original price. Compared to the 2002 Shafer Hillside Select (rated the same) earlier this year, the Shafer was more luxurious textured and sweeter. The Quilceda was lighter, fresher, and had a better finish. More importantly, I wanted to drink another glass of the Quilceda, while I was sated with one of the Shafer. Both were delicious, but also pretty oaky and alcoholic. Note that this wine didn't change much over the first ten hours. At ten, it seemed to open up more and was really delivering. After a day in the fridge, it came out a bit richer, but also noticeably more alcoholic. I liked it better on day 1.
Lots of black cherry juice in nose, wrapped in Saigon cinnamon and 70% cocoa. Still somewhat reticent, some heat prickles. Mouth is rich & velvety, very tannic but enjoyable. Way more blackberry oriented than the nose would indicate, which I love. Lots of secondary tar/tobacco notes here. Finish is fruit-dominated but has great structure. Try again 2015-2025.
Rich, dark and inviting, with soft tannins. Nevertheless, I still find more of a sweet vanilla (and red-vs-black fruit) bias to these wines. Yet another example supporting my conspiracy theory that high-end Washington cabs are made with a grape that's not actually cabernet saugvignon ;-) Not saying I don't enjoy it, but the connection to Napa or the Left Bank can be tough for me to make sometimes.
I need to make a decision on the 2010 Cab from the mailing list so decided to try the 07 and see if it is worth keeping the vertical going. Initial sip after opening was hot alcohol so I knew this would need a long decant and gave it 4 hours. Color was a wonderful deep violet as you can see the concentration. I was disappointed in the nose as it was not memorable and just some vanilla and fruit. On the palate this was a creamy and lush wine (someone else used velvet to describe it) and it was very easy to drink. However, to me this wine was very one dimensional with some nice fruit and a bit of vanilla but nothing else exciting in the glass. At this price point (and the lofty scores) I expect a wine that requires contemplation and study, a wine you get mesmerized by. We all have had those wines. Anyway my wife and son really thought this was a great wine but they don't get geeked out like I do about secondary notes, etc. With a bit left in the bottle I went to the cellar and grabbed the 2007 QC Red and gave it a splash aeration and we sampled that. Hmm, actually a better nose, like from the Cab Franc in the blend and while it was not as smooth the little brother performed almost as well as the big boy at $100 less. So overall was not blown away by this wine and it reminded me of Caymus that I also find very good but one dimensional and I can't justify the tariff to continue to collect these.
Drank this over 4-5 hours. Very good, but not sure we thought it was as good as the hype/scores/price would indicate. Feels like the alcohol overwhelms the nose, less so on the palate, but still there. One dimensional... nothing overly complex here. Agree it probably needs a few years, but I can't imagine it's going to get THAT much better.
Decanted for 2 hours. This deep purple, concentrated, luscious wine is certainly approachable now. If I was allowed just one word to describe this wine it would be "velvet". The wine is perfectly balanced and integrated. Velvet. Lovely.
Very impressed with this wine....reminds me of the '05 I had at a similar age. Beautifully balance and integrated at this stage. Tannin is still strong, but the 6 hour decant helped. Nose was very expressive.
My first Quilceda flagship wine. Have had the "red" wine numerous times and enjoyed it, but I must say I'm disappointed here. Did not notice any flaws, and this has been properly stored, etc., but was just not that impressed. A nice wine for sure, but this was not what I was expecting given the hype and price point. Many Quilceda conversations talk about how they need time, etc. However, this is a new world style and I feel like normally wines of this style, though they will usually improve with age, still show at least glimpses of greatness at early ages, so I don't feel like this is simply a case of opening too young.
Decanted and drank over 3 hours. Deep but fairly closed nose of dark fruit, coffee and wood. Big and silky in the mouth with a solid core of dark fruit with some red fruit notes coming through over time. The flavors were still subdued after a couple hours but you could tell this has potential to unfold. Really an elegant wine, I just wish it would have been more expressive. Medium finish.
Decanted for about 90 minutes before having with grilled filet mignon, then drank over the next 3+ hours. Aroma is like a berry pie along with a hint of vanilla. The taste definitely has that sweet blackberry, and a good deal of oak at this time on the taste as well. Too much sweetness for me from the fruit. Not sure where this is going, but the sweet fruit is really way too much to make it too enjoyable.
Decanted this for 14 hours. This was a big wine but was well balanced overall. Just a touch of heat, but masked effectively. Palate was same as you've read in a dozen notes, so I won't bother. I really enjoy the blueberry and boysenberry notes which swirl through the palate. Finish was long and full. At release price I feel like I really got my money's worth, which is rare for me in this price range. Obviously this could use several more years of age, but was pretty drinkable with extended recant.
For my 42nd birthday dinner with filet. Real good, but pretty young. Seems to have all the elements of a higher rated wine but kind of clumsy right now. Should come around and tighten up in a couple years.
An introduction to Washington State red wines (My house): Decanted six hours, which was just enough to get started. Although this smells great, with gobs of blueberry pie, cotton candy, violets, and Red Man chewing tobacco, the real action was once it hits the palette. This expanded enormously in the mouth, and reminded me of the scene in Willy Wonka where the girl blows up after eating the blueberry gum. I wondered if Oompa Loompas would have to take me away to be de-juiced! Extraordinarily concentrated, grainy tannins, very long multi-wave finish, and absolutely delicious. This was the group's #1 of the night, although some thought it had thinned out by the end of the evening.
Brought to dinner at Bouquet in Covington, KY. No notes. Still really young. Probably too young to open without a long decant. Took quite awhile to open up and show its fruit. Structured to last years and years. Superb balance. Can't wait to try another bottle in two years or so.
Nose with clearly identifiable licorice/anise and blackberry. Rich but not cloying mouthfeel. Decanted for an hour or two but really needed longer - most evident by the change that took place with the additionithal time in the glass. Big, aggressive wine; the heat of 15+ percent alcohol 'feels' as if it will mellow with a few more years in the cellar. Delicious, long finish that just lingers forever. Looking forward to trying again in a few years.
Opened yesterday, half a bottle remaining. Lots of dark chocolate and espresso aromas with black plum. Palate of intense plum and black cherry flavors, slightly sweet, very lush and powerful. Very impressive today (after open one day), but most likely far better in another decade.
Yes young- but have heard that the 07 was approachable. I agree that is approachable and worth a pop if decanted for at min of 2 hours (needs some heat/oak to burn off). Decanting adds to those wonderful layers and purity that I love (and pay the entry fee). Oak is not overdone and already the vanilla/cedar is just a small (but very enjoyable) component of the great mid palate thru finish. I get some chocolate as the wine sat longer in the glass (yum). Medium body adds to what you can describe as purity with minerals. Nice dark fruit aromas and Asian spices already singing (normally can be a challenge for a young QC)…. Drank alongside a Mondovi Reserve 07 (also young but very good, 93+ and a great contrast of CA to WA). Like all the QC’s – love to taste 4 years out then in 6 years (can’t wait). The 05 is coming out for Xmas.
Quilceda Creek Comparison - '03-'08; 11/19/2011-11/25/2011 (At the Homestead....): See previous notes. My favorite Quilceda yet. A little tighter than last time - which was over a year ago - and still exalting. Even though she is not giving too much at all, there is the utmost enjoyment in the drinking of such an elegant, illustrious wine. So long, refined, intellectual and for a long-running study. I can't imagine a better Cabernet from Washington. A little less open than last time, however, this is truly an onion wine. I love a paradox and this is extremities in balance.... So much so, that the finish truly sails into the sunset. As Lennon said: "I'm crying..." Drink 2016 -.
A bit better than my previous bottle, probably due to the added bottle age. Intense fruit with the notable blueberry with some earthiness throughout. The structure is built to last, still one of the most consistent Cabs you could ever buy.
Critic's Comparison: This had a fabulous rich and complex bouquet of black currant, blueberry, blackberry, cocoa, sandalwood, violet and spice aromas. The palate was rich, velvety smooth and delicious with flavors of black currant, blueberry, blackberry, cocoa, mineral and spice. My score was 95+, the group’s average score was 94.8 points.
Fabulous, as expected for my first "100-point" wine. Really nice nose, powerful cassis and blackberry on the palate. Great finish. Decanted 4+ hours then tried over the next 2. Only issue with it was amount of heat on the finish. The wine is still too young (but I knew that heading in and I did it anyway). 98-100 points in 5,10 years.
Picked up from offsite today, so why not after a 6 hour decant in the cellar. Poured back into the bottle, and then brought to the restaurant. Unfortunately, I had e-mailed my storage facility telling them I wanted the 2007 "Red Wine," and they instead pulled the cabernet sauvignon. I didn't realize which wine this was until I got to West Side Gravy, and unfortunately for me, this was a $125 mistake, as I never would have popped one of these this early. Dark purple color in the glass, with a nose dominated by oak and alcohol. Some nice dark black fruits, but nothing really stands out. Some sweet vanilla and herb round out the nose. More dark fruits on the palate, with some plum, blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry. Definitely a lot of heat on this wine still as it is so young, but there is definitely some qulity fruit n here. Lots of creamy oak on the palate as well, so ge your tweezers ready to pull out the splinters. Lots of heat on the finish, HUGE tannins, and the finish does linger for a good 30 plus seconds. I'll hold our remaining bottles, but can be drunk with a 6 hour decant IMHO, but no where near it's potential. I'd wait, and never would have popped this open now had I known it was the cab and not the red. Total waste of a wine that will be awesome in 10 plus years. Thank you moron at offsite for pulling the wrong bottles. Cough this up as a $125 lesson learned. Popped a baby here, that is dinking nowhere near it's potential.
Definitely a bad boy that's just hitting some drinkability. A black-purple opacity in glass, with a nose as classic as any CS on the planet. Big, bold black-fruit flavors encapsulated by huge tannic structure built for a couple of decades of fantastic aging. This was a fabulous bottle that will become legendary in ten years or so, if one can resist the temptation to pop and pour now. We couldn't, and it was just terrific.
Quilceda Creek Vertical (Zum Hirschen, Aarau, Switzerland): Lots of everything (including alcohol). Sweet cassis, black cherries, blackcurrant, cedar, silky tannins. The score does not reflect that I thought that this is simply a better bottle of the same wines that I had before. The uniformity lately achieved by Quilceda across vintages is striking.
Decanted for 1.5 hours (next time will do a full 4). Wow. A big, bold, black fruit-driven cab that is smooth, complex, and at its best sports a 30-60 second finish, with tannins, acidity, fruit, and alcohol all in balance. I know it's been said many times elsewhere, but the predominant flavor here is BLACKBERRY, even blackberry liqueur, with complementary notes of allspice, currant, and plum, maybe a touch of tobacco. High alcohol (15.2) but with enough decant time, it's seamless. Here's the weird thing. At 1.5 hours, this wine was amazing - probably a 97 or 98, but at 2.5-3 hours (and to be fair, a warmer than it should have been temperature), it got very tart and considerably less enjoyable (still a lot of very nice things, but would have rated at a 90). Then, toward the end of the decanter, at around the 4-4.5 hour mark, it shed the tartness and smoothed out to a near-perfect wine (99), and left us sad that we hadn't given it that airtime before. Since it started and ended so amazingly, and I know we're drinking it way too young, I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt on the 97 rating (and deducting a point or two because of the rollercoaster ride). It needs some time, and very likely a few years, but with the proper decanting, this can already knock your socks off.
Seductive nose of fresh herbs, predominantly mint. Rich mouthfeel with flavors of dark fruit, espresso, mint, snd a little earth. Drinking beautifully now, but tannins a little dry on the finish - should integrate more in the next few years. Tempting not to wait, though.
Another JM 100, this one is a bit young to me, although I am sure it will be up there with the 2005 and other great vintages once it has a few years to mellow in the bottle. Still an outstanding texture and finish for a wine so young.
This is a great wine. Beautiful fruit secondary flavors of tobacco and mineral. Good mouth feel and finish. It's really a seamless wine with no flaw that stands out. For me however it lacked the wow factor that the 2005 Spottswoode had which was consumed before this.
Pretty dark fruited nose. Our first Quilceda Creek - having bought the last 3 years, figured we needed to taste one to see what we think of the wine. Big, pretty black fuiits - blackberry, currants and a hint of licorice and violets. Relieved that it wasn't overdone in any way - nice intense fruit balanced with good acid and tannins for years of aging. Way too young for real enjoyment now but at least I learned it is one we like - so will keep buying.
Tasted this along with a Dominus 2007, Pride 2002 for so that I could get a good frame of reference. This was the best of the three. The quality of fruit is just outstanding, I think it is ready to drink now but will improve with age. Luscious ripe black fruit with a little bit of coffee, leather, sweet tannins. Mouth coating, fills every inch of your mouth. Just outstanding.
I think this is only my second 100 point Parker wine, and I'm going to disagree again (but not in the way I expected). Subtle nose, smells almost older than the 2006, with more cedar. Medium bodied, elegant. Simple, though. Acidic, medium+ tannins, Integrated finish. Not at all overly ripe, sweet, or hot, or overly oaked. Fairly long. The parts are all there, but nothing sticks out in a good or bad way. $185
My fist bottle and I was really looking forward to it, but didn't do much for me. Strong alcohol burn overrode most of the flavors, but got a little chocolate, cherry and tobacco. Hope the next one is better.
Dark, plummy fruits, chocolate tones. Lots of oak evident. Full, dense palate. Really firm, grainy tannins that clip the wine off pretty quickly. Even served too cool definitely shows its alcohol. Hard to enjoy at this stage.
Dark garnet. Aromas of cherry, plum , minerals, perfume, and a little smoke. Medium weight with a great soft feel and balance. Good fruit with loads of structure , and ripe tannins. Long complex evolving finish.
Lots of stuff going on here but none of it really any good. It's just really really shut down. It's all there to be an amazing wine...just not for ten years or so. Don't touch, and be patient! It wouldn't be fair to score right now.
Was bored on a Friday night so curiously popped this to see what this tasted like. Far too young to rate right now so not sure how this will turn out. At the moment, it is good, but not great. Has a good nose that is somewhat muted and requires plenty of swirling, has gripping tannins on the palate, but the finish just kind of falls short. An surprisingly elegant wine, but nothing memorable at all. QC is supposed to take years to develop, so hopefully it will be better down the road.
So, let's just get this out of the way now - this wine is young. Too young to fully appreciate the value of this wine and I get that, but, when you're wife says "yes" with no hesitation when you suggest opening one of the best wines in your cellar (and on a random Tuesday night), well, that's nothing more than a race to the corkscrew, before anyone changes their mind.
Now that we've established that this wine is young, there is no question that this is a beautiful wine. The first thing I noticed is how complex and layered it is - first sip, even after only about 20 minutes of decanting, showed at least 3 distinct layers, hitting the palate like it was singing rounds of "row, row, row your boat," just one after another.
Really interesting and complex flavor profile, but what hits me more than the individual aromas and flavors is the overall strucutre of the wine. I've heard comments and seen reviews that this is a BIG wine, but i have always been very impressed by QC's ability to create supple and smooth wines in the high-end Cabernet Sauvignon category. So smooth, so silky and absolutely no heat on the finish. The tannins grip, but not in a chewy or intimidating way...they just let you know that while you drink this wine, your teeth will react.
Bottom line - fantastic. If you can try it, do so. If you can buy it, do so. If you have more than one bottle in your cellar, live it up and try it. Well worth seeing where it's at right now.
Decanted 2.5 hrs. 92;92. Very young and dark looking. Beautiful; clear, fairly dense and color all the way to rim. Nose: Black currant, big notes and touch of alcohol. In the mouth it is lively but round and fat and end-to-end. Great balance: Very sweet, good acidity, high alcohol. It has lots of tannins but you have to look for them since it is so sweet and delicious. On the palate it is explosive, exotic, sweet, delicious. Huge licorice, graphite, black currant, black cherries and an explosive finish. Huge aftertaste, sweet licorice, black currants and later violets. Delicious. Best tasting young QC I've ever tasted. Very young and delicious but still a very serious wine.
Finally, I have only had the 2007 big boy Quilceda once before and did not enjoy it, as that initial bottle showed very hot. However, the wine today (from 2 separate bottles) was pretty stunning. It is a large-scaled Quilceda, powerful, structured, but very complete and at the same time shockingly drinkable.
Wine had very soft and lithe aromas, with heavy eucalyptus. Certainly the soft, suave nature comes across on the nose. The palate is soft of pleasing consistency expressing heavy blueberries. There are plenty of tannins that build on the palate, but they are of the sweetest nature and compliment the wine's structure. There is a little bit of alcoholic warmth at the end of the palate and into the finish, which is mildly soft and not very evolving. The nice texture and structure is felt throughout, but it's not too complex of a wine. Not sure how this could be seen as perfection.
WLTV Offline - Best of WA Tasting (Russell's, Bothell, WA): The nose of this wine was loaded with eucalyptus and herbal aromas. The palate had dark cherry, chocolate and a minty note. Full bodied with a long finish. This was not at all what I was expecting from the aromatics of a young Quilceda, but a pleasant surprise! I have been drifting away from enjoying the violet, and VA laden blueberry aromas that are often associated with Quilceda, and this was a very nice change of pace from some of the other tastings I have done of younger Quilcedas. I hope that this may be another stylistic change at Quilceda, but I guess only time will tell. We tasted several other Quilceda bottles next to this including the 91 and 05 Cabs and the 05 Red Wine. The 07 Cab was my favorite of the Quilcedas that we tasted.
Really quite good for such a young wine. Lot's of alcohol on the nose and attack, but eases a bit with a couple hours of decanting. After that, velvety feel in the mouth and delicious red and black fruit. Initially a bit overpowering, but stick with it. This will be fantastic in a couple of years.
Decanted for three hours, five times in a very gentle way. Purple and black core with an almost garnet/purple rim. This wondrous and enamoring wine possesses the aromatics of legends: Blackberry jam, cassis liquor, rose petals, candied blueberries, rubbed river stones, cigar box complexity and vanilla bean. The descriptors are endless and the palate is mind-numbing. Very full-bodied with the utmost elegance. The complexity is delineated and the finish is over a minute. This has a freshness on the end that leaves you craving the next sip. Your mouth is coated with the most profound encompassing effect. The '05 is also a 100 pt wine, yet this could be even better. The tannins are round and copious with a soft end. I really can't get over the freshness. The best American Cab that I've ever had. She is hibernating and will out last me. It's not monolithic so much as it is honed. Probably the most elegant Quilceda that I've ever had. Paul and Alex call it their possible best. I think that they are on to something. It's also quite possibly a top 10 wine of a lifetime (with '89 Haut-Brion, '86 Mouton, '82 Las Cases, '95 Margaux, '05 Las Cases, '05 L'evangile, '05 Quilceda Creek, '01 D'Yquem and '00 Lafite). Get it while you can and let her slumber. A level of patience will be highly rewarded. Trust me..... Drink 2017 -.
Expected more from this early on given the ratings. I wish I hadn't popped one I'll let the rest sit for years. Nose of mostly alcohol and slight brown sugar. Flavors of blueberry and alcohol. Hopefully the alcohol gets under control way too much heat.
Nose of dark cherry, blueberry, cigar, smoke, a touch of vanilla. On the palate there blueberry, tart black cherry, lots of vanilla. Decent mouth feel, good structure, but kind of simple. The wine was also hot. Guessed Aussie due to the heat. (90) No official score as I brought the wine and know it didn't show this hot when I took it out of the cellar 3 hours prior and retasted since it had been opened the night before.
Single-Blind Cabernet Tasting @ Urbana (Washington, D.C.): almost pitch colored in the glass. plums, ink, smoke and charcoal on the nose. the attack on this wine is just that: an attack. it's like a full-on assault of paint and thick tannins. i mean, this is so big my palate doesn't know what to do. tasted blind, i thought this had got to have about 16% alcohol. quite hot. the finish has black magic marker. this is huge, and very, very young. i rated it a 91 because i enjoyed the attention this wine demands. i don't think i could drink more than a glass of this. it needs 10 years at least.
Had to open one based on all the comments and the 15.2....Great deep, dark red/purple color, in a big glass...Big alcohol on the nose with balanced fruit below...let sit for hours and hours...long on the palate, good solid cabernet with and tight attack, sour cherry, and long tannic finish, can taste the alcohol..it's all good, hope it taste great in 7 years, can't put a # on it now except for the price I paid, LOL
Tasted at Metrovino in Portland, Oregon. Deep red-garnet color but not opaque. Very forward nose with alocohol at the fore (Luanne noted it smelled like rum) and mixed fruit and oak in the background. Not spirity at all on the palate though, yet not cabernet-like either. Full, sweet (from the alcohol ?) palate impression with gobs of fruit and tannin. Very long, structured finish. Don't know what to make of this right now. It seems that everything is there for a great wine but the alcoholic nose is just plain odd - young ports don't suffer this in my experience so why does this? Weird.
Pizza and "wines that don't suck" with Leslie Fisher (Seattle, WA, USA): JasonD had me smell this double-blind, and all I could get was searing alcohol on the nose. Jet fuel hot. When I finally got around to tasting it, I was not pleased. Punishingly oaky, dry, hot, dill-laden. Raspy oak tones on the finish. Once the bag was removed I wanted to like it more, but tasted alongside the Pride there was no comparison at all. This was blown away. If I had some of these I guess I would either sell or age them and hope that there is enough there to outlast the oak and integrate the searing alcohol. Sorry.
Double-decanted for 10 hours along with the 07 Maybach. Showing a bit more awkwardly than the Maybach tonight, but an obvious superb bottle. Big, brooding, and very seriously structured with the telltale QC notes of blueberry and lilac. My favorite early peek since the 01 vintage.
Tasted at the release party. I remember liking the 2006 vintage slightly better, but this should not be construed as a negative comment. Looking forward to drinking again after a few years in the cellar.
3/28/2010-release party at winery-not decanted-big...nose was somewhat closed but had hints of great things to come. what was present was effusive light minerality, something floral, not quite violet, blue fruit, spice, with plenty of oak on the nose. palate was not open but again shows promise. lots of oak, darker fruit and some fairly dry but smooth tannins. the wine was fairly unctuous with legs showing the alchohol (15.2%) but was somewhat more focused than expected. the finish was fairly long, maybe 30 seconds, but finished with a heavy accent of oak. this is nearly drinkable now, but it would be ridiculous to do so as it will be so much softer and the oak will add complexity with several years of cellaring. needs a 5 years at least for optimum drinking. if this wine broadens out on the palate with age i will score it higher, and it has much potential to do so, but the "red wine" showed better today in my opinion.
too young for me to rate accurately yet, but clearly a big and impressive wine. tannin's and acids still far from integrated. In 2-4 years, look out! I'll give and unofficial 95+ for now. Wouldn't be suprised to see another Parker/Miller 100...
Farpointe Saturday (Farpointe Cellar): Young and reserved, this was very smooth on the palate. Great complex red and dark berries with well integrated oak flavors. Long finish. Sit on it a few years, but if you're impatient give it at least a couple of open hours to really show.
Got a taste from a gracious friend. Rather closed nose with blueberry, wild berries, and violets coming through. Very subtle and delicate. Massively concentrated explosive palate with dark berries and cherry going into a great long complex finish of vanilla, milk chocolate, wet rocks and roasted coffee. Very smooth, with little detectable tannin, glycerin on the palate and mildly noticeable alcohol. Terribly young and primary--lots of baby fat. Showing mostly potential at this point, but has impeccable balance and can be enjoyed with a good decant.
Oh, sh*t! Drank this today at the winery along with their Columbia Valley Red. My God, this is good, I really can't imaging what this glorious spirit will be in 5+ years. Oodles of beautiful fruit in evolving balance with the tannins. Finish seems to last forever, great mid-palate. This is a wonderful drink right now even though it is obvious that it is too young and begs to be laid down. I spoke with Paul (winemaker) about this effort and he convinced me that it really is his best effort to date. I see no reason to doubt him on this. Color is deep ruby purple, magnificant legs. This 2007 reminds me of the 2003 rather than the 2005 and may well become my favorite bottle of wine. I'm on the list and picked up a case of the 750's and a mag, now I wish I had bought 2 cases. Regardless of the "pro" scores (which haven't yet been released), I have no doubt that this is a really special bottle of wine in a great year and destined for classic status. For the last several years, QC has run circles around better known boutiques like Screamiing Eagle at a fraction of the price. Go find some -- even in the secondary marketplace it's a better buy than most Napa's. I'm really now awaiting the Fall release of the Galatzin and Palengat vinyard bottlings which should also be really great.
Blueberries, licorice, and floral component that was very intriguing. Double decanted which helped a little bit but there was a decent amount of alcohol that was distracting and the wine was a little clumsy on the palate. With age this may come together to be something note worthy as long as the alcohol subsides. Worth popping one early I would try an 18 hour decant.
Recently luck was on my side and I finally was able to become a member at Quilceda Creek. After returning home from spring break in Zurich, Switzerland at the first of March I found twelve bottles of the mother lode from Washington at my home. So I decided that I could not wait 5 to 7 years for my first bottle. I jumped in my car, drove to Chops in Atlanta to share a glass with my wife, two work friends and Kevin Brown, GM at Chops. We opened up the bottle of gold to open up and the nose was strong and beautiful. I had to take a small hit especially for the time that I have waited to be part of the QC family. It exploded! So we waited about 90 minutes and the decanter began to pour. Around the corner from our table stands Master Sommelier Michael McNeill and we invited him over to share our treasure. We all knew we were blessed to share and enjoy a wonderful and difficult wine to have in one's cellar.
The alcohol level change was a little noticeable over most wines with less than 15% yet it was not overpowering at this young age. We all loved the dark purple color as we tilted our glasses for inspection. Michael moved back to his group and we the normal drinkers of wine found aromas of chocolate, some licorice, cedar and a slight touch of flowers and raspberry fruit. We found the tannins and acidity to be balanced after 90 minutes.
I don't know what the difference is between a 96+ bottle to a 100 point. I do know that this bottle of wine is the best wine that I have had the opportunity to enjoy. I gave away two bottles to friends but the other 9 bottles will only be opened only for very special occasions. Quilceda Creek - thank you for letting me be part of the family.
I am lucky enough to be on Quilceda Creek's mailing list. I ordered 7 bottles, one for opening right away, the others to cellar; I am glad I did this. This is definitely a full throttle wine, it is 15.2% alcohol which surprisingly high for Washington. However, it is one of the very few high alcohol wines that I think can age and improve. This wine is heavy bodied and has a very deep, dark purple color to it. This bottle was decanted 6 hours before consuming, and there is still some left, which means and upgrade in notes could be coming. However, at this point it gave off incredible aromas of licorice, chocolate, cassis, cedar, incense and slight floral notes as well. It tasted of chocolate, licorice, herbal(almost like Jagermeister) and red fruits. In spite of the very high alcohol, somehow Quilceda Creek is able to have enough up front acid for providing an ageable wine. The tannins are very powerful. While the winery is claiming this wine will go 30+, and they could be correct, my guess is this wine needs at least 8 years from vintage date before opening, and should age and improve for 25 years from vintage date.
The one unfortunate thing about Quiliceda Creek is this, I think while this was an amazingly good wine, I think they are going away from what made them great to begin with, and they are trying too much for a Robert Parker 100 point rating, instead of letting natural terroir have its influence. I have to say, that for this style of wine, their winemaker has great versatility. I am just hoping that the winemaker goes back to tradition, which would be making a food friendly wine. Hopefully, Quilceda Creek considers picking at 21 to 24 brix in the future, if they do that, they easily have everything it takes to make a wine that can compete with a 1st Growth Bordeaux. Right now, it looks like Quilceda Creek is competing with the likes of Harlan Estate, Hundred Acre, Sloan, Bryant Family and other great California Cult wines. No doubt, Quilceda Creek is every bit as good as the cult wineries, yet they are are a fraction of the cost of them. While I prefer more traditional styled wines, I will not let that influence my rating; there is no douibt that for this style of wine, you will have to look to the best of California cult wines to match this, and then you will have to pay far more. This is an easy 98 point rating for now, and for this style of wine, if it improves should easily get a 100 point rating.