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 . . . .
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Fortunately my last bottle. This wine has gone from so-so to worse. When it was young, it was an oak monster lacking any subtleties. As it's aged, it has lost its freshness and gotten flabby. A poor value at 1/4 the price of the Grand Vin.
- Garnet color and aromas of blackberry, black currant, black pepper and oak and has flavours of tobacco, blackberry, oak and alcohol - Drank over two nights. Day 2 softer, but still oak, and tart. Pretty good, not my favorite.
Decanted and consumed over 4.5 hours. Modest blue aromas upon decanting, violets, lavender, herbal aromas grow through the drinking window. Medium weight - very modest viscosity, smooth mouthfeel with a velvety coating but no granular tanins. Cherries, blueberry, boysenberry flavors dominate in a package that's extremely approachable and enjoyable. As others note, a top qpr year after year.
To me, this is slightly above average and I won't be paying $42 each for them again. At least it was better than the 2003 and 2005 that I had a few months ago. This one had some nice red/black dark fruit (which makes it above average), is a bit hot, and full-bodied tannins on the finish that are not over-the-top and beg for a fatty piece of beef. It lacks acidity, which makes it unbalanced to me, and falls in the new world camp. Oak is not noticeable. Drank over two days under argon with consistent results. Based on this experience along with the 2003 and 2005, I see it just fading away, losing fruit and gaining alcohol.
Riper and thicker in texture than I expected. Full body with low to medium acidity. A big lush wine with nice dark fruit, but I did find the alcohol level a bit noticeable which kept me from scoring higher. Still a good value at the release price.
Actually sippin nicely off a pop and pour. A little vodka-eske heat and black marker. But both were minimal. Matched fairly well with meatloaf Sandwiches topped with bacon and Camembert. Decent length. Blue and black fruit, light vanilla, and spice with a hint of dried earth. Drink up...in a good place.
This wine is in a good place. I've found the older reds to be a bit disjointed, and overall unpleasant. The younger, brutish and tannic. This one seems to be the right balance of fruit still present but integrated and smoothed out. This may be the best of the QC reds that I have had...
Opaque color, dark fruit and spice...very bold. Way too much heat for me though--gets in the way. Toned down a bit with time...if I had more of this in my cellar I would decant for an hour before drinking. Probably would make this good wine more enjoyable
This is an excellent bottle of wine with a beauty of a QPR in my mind. Nice smooth mouthfeel and taught, not flabby as one often finds in this price range. Perhaps a touch to the sweet side but kept in check nicely. Fruity, not complex in the cassis, tobacco and graphite way, but a damn nice drinker.
2 hr decant. Nose dark fruit, pomegranent. Most noticable is the chalky, smooth moutfeel - first several seconds. Then dark fruit, somewhat sweet tannins and some lingering acidity. Not quite what I think it can be, but very pleasant. An obvious quality wine.
Decanted with Soiree pourer. Dense ruby color fully coating the glass. Nicely aromatic with aromas of leather, tobacco, violets and black cherry. Creamy cassis and currant notes on the front palate and weighty throughout. Overpowering oak beginning on the mid-palate through the finish- cedar and espresso drowning out the fruit and dulling the edges. Big tannins. Heat and spice on the finish. Needs time for the oak to integrate, hopefully the fruit and profile brightens.
nose of chocolate, dark cherry and bell pepper. Nice balance with some cocoa, bell pepper again an medium red fruit with asian spice. I don't see this lasting too long as the bell pepper in my experience will become over-powering with time as a secondary characteristic like that showing this much this early will only become more apparent with time.
I opened this to follow the 07 QC Cab and at $100 less per bottle this one was actually close. I preferred the nose on this as the Cab Franc added some interesting floral notes. This was not as smooth but did not have the 4 hour decant I gave the big bottle. Overall not a bad wine that almost matched the big brother, which I find over-hyped.
This is really starting to come together. Blackberry, blueberry, a little spice and moderate vanilla/oak. Maybe it was the 2-hour decant that helped, but the former alcohol burn was gone, and this was a very balanced wine. And really good, to boot. I continue to be really impressed with the over-delivering QC Creek Red.
Been a year. Opened and decanted about 30 minutes. Deep dark berries and slight oak on the nose. Vibrant fruit, slightly tart, the acidity would make this a great food wine. Tannins still sharp. Still young. Solid new world wine. Impressive.
Oh my, really coming into it's own. Two hour decant, much needed, as it even smoothed out more over time. When it was ready to drink, very well integrated. Deep and dark, nice nose that isn't overpowering, and a full mouth feel of dark fruit and cherries with a medium finish. Can hold for longer, but if you drink now, minimum two hour decant will make it totally worthwhile!
Decanted and consumed over 3.5 hours. Took about an hour in the decanter for the wine to open up, but once it did, it improved considerably, and continued to improve during the entire drinking window. Dark berry aromas layer over sweet oak; Toasted wood, vanilla, black berry and black cherry are the primary flavors in this approachable and balanced wine. Year after year, QC Red remains one of the better QPRs to be found.
This bottle better than the bottle we opened in Jan. It was a good wine with nice juicy fruit flavors, acidity and tannins until the alcohol became abusive on the finish. Decanted an hour before serving with good results.
Drank after returning home after completing my first 140.6. Popped and poured. Blueberry, blackberry, vanilla, oak. Still tannic, but opening up nicely. Was better after about 30mins in the glass. Saved half bottle for next day to try. Outstanding
Opened and decanted; started tasting at 2+ hours. Colour was dark ruby to medium ruby rim. Bouquet presented cassis, minerals, chocolate and plums. Palate showed good fruit concentration with chalky tannins. Still needs time--at least 2+ years more. Minerals, sour cherries and iodine blasting through the tannin cloak. Good acidity. Definitely more austere than its Cali cabernet counterparts. While fun to drink and probably better things to come, I think I'd rather plunk down the money on a petite chateau from bordeaux in a good vintage--I'm pretty sure I would be happier at the end of the bottle.
Incredible wine, but needs time. Decanted about an hour, was still tight, but over time, especially at the 2-3hour mark, it really smoothed out and was incredible. If you are going to open, decant for 3 hours, you will NOT be disappointed
Enjoyed with Marlene, Jim, Ellen, Mark and Fritzi Saturday 2-June-2012 on a nice evening on the deck. Still young but nice complexity, and bouquet. Lot's of tannins will try another next year. Average rating was 90. Had fresh Copper River sockeye salmon, asparagus, potato salad and salad (Marlene's).
This bottle is showing much better than the last one. Notes of red and black fruit and chocolate on the nose. Raspberries, currants, blackberries on the palate that is followed by nice finish with notes of spice and vanilla. Seems much more balanced than the last bottle.
Poured through Vinturi into decanter. Started drinking after about an hour of decanting. Ok, this wine is GOING to be good. It's not there yet, however. The nose is somewhat hot, though you get a lot of the usual QC aromas, heavy on the dark fruit and violet (though my wife assures me I have no idea what violets actually smell like). Gobs of blackberry and blueberry on the palate, with some oak. But still tight, with noticeable tannins and alcohol. My wife's reaction, after her obligatory taste, was "grapey." I do get plenty of the signature QC flavors (see blackberry mention above), but it's just not all in balance yet. I really think this will come together and there are definitely things to like already (I hope so, given my 4-5 cases of it), but I'm probably going to give it at least 6 more months before trying again, and probably closer to a year. The alcohol did blow off somewhat as it sat, and it mellowed a bit as it opened up (a little), so I do think some bottle age is going to help.
It's been about a year since I last opened a bottle of this wine and based on my note from a year ago I'd have to say that maybe changed just a tad in that time. Didn't seem quite as hot as it was back then but other then that, pretty much the same with lots of ripe fruit. I think I picked up a bit of a mocha note this time as well. All things considered, it was a decent value for $35.
This wine is decent, but isn't fantastic in any way, shape or form. On the nose, the primary aroma is alcohol and garlic, but I think the garlic smell came from my breath, as I was chowing down on some French Garlic sausages with fellow Cellartracker user Abraham Lincoln. That being said, 4 score and 7 years from now this wine may be fantastic, but for now it is only decent.
A very nice blend from Washington. Higher in alcohol at 15.2%, it nevertheless is very smooth and rounded with some time in the decanter. Light fruit notes, cherries and such, rather than big dark fruits, nice silky tannins.
Appeared to be light to medium bodied cab, fruit was ok on the front bright red fruit notes, midpalate was smooth but did not carry the weight I would have expected, finish was just ok. 90s, maybe this needs time for more fruit or body to develop. -S
Excellent value. I enjoyed this over a few hours, and deemed it a flavorful easy drinker, with a very nice palate. Seemed over-oaked, but the nose was interesting and I considered the wine to be food-friendly anyway.
no notes. quickly decanted and returned to bottle overnight, no sediment in this bottle which is different than previous bottles. drank over the next two nights. first night the wine was hard as nails with a helping of fence post. plenty of fruit though. wine softened considerable on the second night. still had plenty of oak but much more fruit and much softer tannin. maybe just needed more air than it had on the first night.
Probably should have paid attention to the other recent reviews and decanted this surprisingly big wine. I really thought that almost a year after release, it would have mellowed. The oak is still very strong, at least on day 1 with no decant. Tobacco, leather, and black fruit for sure. Mouth gripping tannins. Maybe another year for the next bottle. For tight, the other half of the bottle goes back to the cellar to see what it tastes like tomorrow.
this is not a bad wine, but it's a wine that seems to be manipulated to cover some flaws. WAY out of balance for me, with searing alcohol on day 1 and day 2, and chewy oak that never went away. this was all over the place, and while i did drink it instead of pouring it out, i would not buy it again, at least not at the price i paid on the secondary market.
Opened for a few hours and served a bit warmer than usual (68-70F). Nose of creme de cassis, boysenberry, red and black cherry, fern, vanilla, and charcoal. Cassis, red berries, vanilla, forest floor, dark chocolate, and spice on the palate. Very nice mouthfeel - full, but not heavy. Strong mid-palate and great finish. Smooth and very easy to drink. The 15.1% alcohol is not noticeable. While quite New World, this is refined, and the oak is not out of hand. Best Quilceda Red Wine I've had.
Notes from day 2. On Day 1 I decanted this for about 2 hours. It was huge...over the top, lots of oak and noticeable alcohol. It was still fairly nice, but certainly NOT where I'd expect this wine to be right now. Poured back in the bottle and recapped for the next night.
Day 2, I reopened and poured a glass after dinner, to discover that the wine had integrated overnight and turned into a beautiful creation. Still a bit heavy on the oak, but everything else seems to be in place, although now some chalky tannins are showing themselves. Berry liqueur, violets, minerals, and quite a bit of vanilla from the oak. Ends with some fairly dusty tannins, which are actually rather nice. This can go a bit, so I'd hold off for now, and enjoy this starting in 2012.
really good. will improve with time. Aggressively decanted 15-30 minutes (we didn't quite put it into a blender, a la Nathan Myhrvold, but gave it a big decanter and plenty of shaking, after we had removed the sediment). Very California-style to us. Delicious. Plenty of fruit, clearly an aggressive sit-up-and-notice-me wine, but not harshly tannic. Changed character mid-palate and into the long finish - blackberries, plums. Big fan. Will try another in a year.
Decided to open this to see what's going on and to find out if I want the '08s. Popped and poured, not much is going on in the nose - very quiet with a hint of vanilla and dark fruit. Palate follows suit with some hefty tannins and a fairly thin/light body. BUT - with a bit more time in the glass - it began to open. Nose is richer with the fruit (dark currants and black cherry), the palate is showing tobacco, floral spice, some vanilla and the same dark fruit. Tannins are still grippy and the body is still light to medium with a nice long finish. I think with more time in the bottle, this will be delicious. I also think I sold myself on the 2008s. ;-)
This is Quilceda Creeks proprietary red bordeaux style blend, which we drank alongside a similar Grand Reve blend. While the Grand Reve was a bit better, the Quilceda is a great wine from what is probably Washington's premier Cabernet producer, all for $35.
This definitely needs some time in a decanter. But with some time, and like the Grand Reve, this is a good Bordeaux style blend, with deep fruits, and a definite nose of tobacco leaf, some cassis and spice too. Smooth tannins, but not a very thick wine. Lighter fruit flavors, a hint of oak and tobacco, with some spices thrown in. Overall, a great wine and a good value, as it is every year. Quilceda's fall offering opens on August 8th, and I'll certainly be ordering a bunch of the 2008 Red Wine!
Picked up from offsite today so why not. 6 hour decant in the cellar and this was smokin'! Sure, some oak, but not nearly as bad as I thought. Jice tannic structure, and a bit more alcohol than I prefer on the finish, but at 15+%, not a shock. I'll hold our remaining bottles, but can be drunk with a 6 hour decant IMHO.
Mild nose, wildflower & mineral. Very tight on the palate, a la your typical Red, though this one is treating me better than those past. Still showing a little heat. After some time in the glass, chocolate & fruit finally wafting out. The same finessed restraint exists in the mouth. The finish is rather dry. The QC Reds are not wines I would think would please the masses.
Knocked another one of these back a couple of nights ago. The overwhelming tannins have mellowed a bit a the Quilceda fruit is showing through. Compared to the '08 QC Cab I drank a few weeks back, this wine is solid but nowhere in the league of the Cab. Still ...I'm glad to have 10 more bottles of the '07 Red Wwine. Loads of violet and berry fruits, nose still not very developed. Will try another in the fall
Pretty decent Washington wine. Quite a bit of spicy aromas, tons of stewed sweet berry fruit that's quite nice. Really grippy on the palate, pretty tannic, and fairly anonymous red fruit, blueberries, and bitter wood tannins. The finish shows good spice, and is slightly tart, with some unbalanced alcohol. Grippy. Not much interest.
Decanted for about an hour and half, then poured. Oaky, seemed thin and red fruit focused. Drying on the finish that was clipped and more oak focused than fruit focused. Very disjointed. Going to let the rest sleep for another year or two and hope that they turn around. Not impressed at all.
This continues to show great promise, but requires time to settle down. Clear, ruby red color, with deep, almost opaque, intensity. Black fruit, oak, tobacco, chocolate, some menthol, and alcohol on the nose. (It's a bit hot at 15.2%.) Palate is dry, low acid, noticeable youthful drying tannins, full body. Flavor characteristics are in balance with the nose, plus a bit of dried fruit and an extracted quality. Good length. I have high hopes for this, but for now, give it plenty of air.
The oak was still too intense, even after 1 hr of decanting. Good concentration and nice tobacco notes on the finish. A lot of spices (vanilla) on the nose, smooth tannins... but not well-integrated at the moment. Give it, at the very least, another year before drinking.
Opened, 90 minutes decanted. Dark ruby with a huge nose of Cherry, vanilla, spice and a hint of blueberry. This wine is still really young but it has apparently settled down from it ride to the cellar. The big cherry, blueberry, vanilla, spice and tobacco were wonderfully integrated with some big but surprisingly smooth tannins giving a very smooth, almost silky mouthfeel. The wine did not seem so oaky this time and likely the biggest reason i scored it up over my initial "arrival" tasting. Still young but given how nicely (and quickly) this wine is settling down i fear the 17 bottles left will never see old age.... I think the Quilceda red is still one of the better values going right now
The nose of dark berries is followed with an enveloping, softly textured chocolate covered blackberry. There's a nice hint of dark chocolate fused with that slight bittery blackberry taste. An enjoyable wine but only an OK value at $35 to $40 per bottle.
Decanted for 2 hours. Needed another 1-2 hours to completely open up. I would put this wine up against red blends that are twice the price. The color is ruby red, Medium finish. I can't wait to try the flagship in a few more years.
Finally broke down and had to try a bottle. 90 mins in a decanter yields an extremely approachable wine. Nice berry aromas that have the intensity of a wine-scented candle - it still has some rough strength, with oak on the edge, but it shows the potential of grand elegance. Looking forward to drinking this case over the coming 10-15 years.
Very clean, with aromas of plums and blueberries. Delicious from the start, over time the wine became increasingly silky and the fruit more defined. Was still improving as I swallowed the last sip. Requires at least an hour of decanting to experience at it’s best.
I began enjoying this wine with a comment from my wife that caught me off guard. She said it was "grassy". OH NO! This is going to be a long night. She took another sip and said "nothing but fruit". Wine I tell ya is like a deep dark mystery. This wine, however, is something many others want to grow up to be. My only wish is that I bought more. An ongoing challenge would be to find a wine in this price range that has so much to offer. The caveat being this is a huge wine with a much expected future. I expect this wine to climb in the rating in about two years. Should it go where I think it is headed I feel we are looking at a 95-96.
I do not remember the Quilceda red wine tasting this good. It's certainly not as good as the flagship Cabernet, but this wine is incredibly robust for the price (mid-30's). Dark cherry, pomegranate, rosemary and spring rain on the nose - a complex, somewhat tight nose. On the palate, this is definitely tight and could use some gang, but, for now, big rich fruit, caramel and cedar, with big tannins and a long, very well balanced finish. Delicious!
Popped and poured. A bit non-descript for awhile, but after a couple hours, it opened up. Nice aroma and taste of coffee and dark fruits. This probably could have used some decanting, and I will certainly sit on my other bottle for a couple years.
Aggressive decant, 1 hour before tasting. Dark, rich crimson color. Nose of dark fruits, cedar, and hints of violets---a bit closed, and hot, not too expressive. Full bodied with fine but very grippy tannins. Palate was also closed, with the oak overpowering the dark fruits to a large degree. Finish is long but a bit hot right now. This wine has the trademark amazing Quilceda structure, and enough going on to turn into something very, very nice. Potentially 92 - 94 points in a few years, but for now, only a 90. Give it at least three years to come together, and for the Oak Monster to subside. If it fleshes out and softens, this will be a fantastic QPR.
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (72%), Merlot (20%), Cabernet Franc (6%) and Malbec (2%). The wine was splash-decanted and serially tasted over 2-3 hours. The color is opaque purple/ruby, and the nose opens within an hour in decanter to show ripe black currant, black plum and spice aromas. Full-bodied on the palate, with low-to-medium acidity, well-integrated oak and big ripe tannins. The alcohol (listed as 15.2%) is a bit hot, even at appropriate serving temperature. The flavors are black fruit and mineral-dominated. The middle is full and the medium-length finish ends with a whiff of heat. This is a nice "fruit bomb" at this point. It is fairly well-structured and may merit a higher score if it can pick up some complexity with the ageing process. Drink now-12/20.
Too young to rate with any accuracy; Dark ruby color vanilla aromas and red/dark fruit flavors along with a smack of oak. Some minerality on the finish along with chewy tannins and an alcoholic zing. Now 88 points but if the balance improves could be much better, 91?? Very evident 15.2% alcohol.
This will be the greatest QPR ever, but it requires another year or two first. Upon decanting, it was a bit tannic and austere. After a couple of hours of air, however, it was remarkably accessible, with a big nose and full fruit on the palate. Impressive finish for a reasonably priced wine. I look forward to enjoying this for many more years.
Nose had nice raspberry with blueberry and violet emanating from the glass. Palate was solid but lighter than expected. Blue fruit was prominent but had blackberry, anise, and licorice as well. Impressively drinkable early on. Lots of sediment forming.
Not a good showing for this wine tonight. Opened and splash decanted this as a 2nd bottle with friends after a Ch.Ste Michelle Horse Heaven Hills Merlot and this tasted vegatal compared to the Merlot. This did open after awhile but our guests liked the Merlot better. I guess this really is the 2nd wine of Quilceda as the grapes were only so-so. Maybe 2-3 years in the bottle will reveal some secondary notes.
2 nights later: We still had 1/3 bottle of this left and we started with this wine as a prequel to a 2000 Ch. Grand Mayne and wow this wine lost the vegatal notes and gained some nice smooth dark fruit. I upgraded the score to a solid 90 and patience of 2-3 years will be rewarded.
Opened, 60 minutes air in bottle - should have decanted having watched it open up in the glass during the evening. Dark ruby to the rim, big nose of black cherry w spicy vanilla notes. Equally big on the palate - cherry & black fruit, spice, tobacco, and vanilla(oak). Nice mouthfeel, long finish but still tight - drinkable w decanting now but will benefit from some cellar time. I think this wine gets better; great value for the price compared to similar CA cabs.
I'm sure this will improve some with bottle age but it's just delicious now. More put together young than the 2006 was, which I thought was definitely a little disjointed when released. Obviously not in the same category as the signature Cabernet in terms of depth and power, but has some of the profile of that wine, so it's fun to have a reasonably priced drinker to drink while waiting longer on the main event.
Just gobs of fruit, dark chocolaty coated red fruits with silky tannins and none of the high acids typically associated to fine young wines. This guy comes right out of the bottle as a full throttle mouth coating wine that keeps on giving. I had this bottle open for 9 hours and it just kept getting better. May re-visit in a few months with a feeling that this wine is only going to raise my expectations of affordable wine. Should this improve with time we may be looking at a 95+
Yummm, nose is faint cab/merlot, color is black, legs are long, one sexy wine. Rick fruit with black cherry and pomegranate off set by tannins that announce their presence than fade away. This will get better with age, but already sets the bar high for this price point.
Drank over two days. First day, this was hardly giving up anything. Didn't appear to be tannic, but just closed. Day two the wine gave up hints of blueberry, mocha, cigar and oak. But all VERY faint. Again, not too tannic, just closed. This needs time. Witholding score (WAY TOO YOUNG)!
Notes from day 2. Dark purple to black in color. Nose of cherry, black currant, vanilla, oak. Palate of dark berry, black currant, vanilla, spice, a little good quality tobacco hidden in there, and lots of dusted cocoa. The finish is long and there is tannin still noticably present. When poured at the proper temperature the wine does not seem hot, but once it starts to warm up the 15.2% starts to stick out as well as the large amount of oak the wine sees. Kind of sitting on the fence whether I like this wine or not, it seems like it has such good fruit underneath, but the overoaking is really a turnoff for me. Okay qpr at 35, but may not be a continued buyer due to the oak treatments. Hold. 50+5+11+16+7
Ultra ripe and ultra oaked wine with notes of sweet black cherries, vanilla and chocolate. Drank it over three days and tasted as fruity on the third day as it was on the first. This tastes like vanilla and chocolate laced fruit with long finish with touch of balsamic vinegar thrown in.
An over-the-top oak monster that so woody that it detracts from the rest of what's in the bottle, and I'm a person that rarely ever complains about too much wood. I smell oak and taste wood, and that's the overwhelming smell/flavor I get from this wine. I'm a big fan of Quilceda and of big wines in general, but this is an unbalanced over-the-top effort (and not in a good way) that is unpleasant to drink. A huge disappointment, and I'm being quite generous in giving it an 85.
Juicy, ripe and hot is the best way to describe this wine. Despite all of those factors which some may find less than appealing, it's still pretty good. I'd love to see the ripeness and alcohol (15.2) dialed back just a tad. Certainly not a wimpy wine and definitely a crowd pleaser.
Should get much better with time, but now is very tight, with a lot of oak treatment and what almost tastes like burnt rubber. Still, very good fruit, super extraction and what seemed like better balance coming later, or that could have been the 15.2 alcohol catching up to me at the end.
I'm really surprised by how much I like this. Big appealing fruity floral nose. Rich on the palate. Very Washington State, with plenty of dark fruit along with rich red cherry and a tobacco streak. Tannins are sweet but not quite integrated. Only complaint is the heat which could be toned down a little.
drank at the end of a lonnngg day of wine tasting, so scoring wouldn't be fair. it is a bit disjointed even after a 6 hour decant, but does show lots of promise. has plenty of oak and pretty strong mouth coating tannins. the flavor profile changed pretty dramatically over the hour i drank my glass showing complextiy and had nicely balanced acidity. would score it unofficial at 93, bottle shock from shipping and the drive to wine country probably didn't help.
Hard to believe a second wine merits an outstanding score, but this does. Reminded me of a right bank wine, with soft edges to the dark red fruit, soft tannins, and a medium long finish with mostly spice. A very nice bottle.
tasted at the release party-in my opinion this is maybe the best qpr on the market at release pricing. being bottled recently it was a bit rough around the edges, but the nose on this wine immediately stated its quality. effusive notes of blackberry, blueberry, spice, vanilla with a freshness that i would attribute to nice minerality. the palate was very similar with a long finish showing a touch more oak than the 06 version i drank recently, probably due to its very young age. will be better with some time to settle down. in my opinion it showed better than the columbia valley cab today, but may not age quite as well. in a year it will be great, in three to five it could be spectacular