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  • 2008 Quilceda Creek Red Wine Columbia Valley

    There is no denying that Quilceda Creek is much more than a regional superstar when it comes to producing fine Cabernet-based wine. The Columbia Valley Red Wine is their "entry level" offering. The 2008 iteration is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec. Opaque ruby and packed with black fruit, it adds nuances of anise, loamy earth, pickling spice and dried herbs. There is significant structure here, with fresh acidity and substantial firm tannins. The wine's listed alcohol is 15.2% but remains a non-factor as long as it is served at an appropriate temperature of approximately 60-65° F. Solid in the middle and impressively long on the finish, this bruiser is still a baby. While I wouldn't hesitate to open a bottle now, I suspect that it will see some improvement with patient cellaring. I have accordingly revised my drinking window for this wine. Drink now-2025.

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  • 2011 Turley Zinfandel Old Vines

    This bottle was Vinturi-decanted and shared at a July 4th barbeque. My impressions of 6/15/2015 were confirmed. The attendees loved the wine, which paired well with grilled New York strip steaks and filet mignon. Drink now-2017.

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  • 2004 Domaine de Bonserine Côte-Rôtie La Garde

    This deep garnet Côte-Rôtie retains a perfumed, floral nose. Violets, lavender, spice, chocolate and tobacco envelope a core of raspberry fruit. The floral nature of this wine makes me suspect that there is more than a dollop of Viognier included in the final blend. Medium-bodied, freshly acidic and with well-integrated alcohol (listed as 13%), it delivers flavors comparable to the nose. The tannins are medium in weight and supple in texture; likewise, the oak is nicely integrated. Layered in the middle, it concludes with a long finish that includes a smidgen of bacon. There is no paucity of pleasure with this one...enjoy it over the next five years. Drink now-2020.

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  • La Cave d'Argent says:

    5/12/2015 8:15:00 PM - Thanks...I have now actually read the article ;-). Construction of the cellar was definitely a "labor of love," but it has resulted in so many great experiences with our friends. Sharing good wine and food with people you love is what it's all about!

  • jviz says:

    5/12/2015 8:01:00 PM - Hope you liked the article. I was reading tonight and thought, "I think I've read tasting notes by that guy!" Sure enough ;) Congratulations on the publication and living a good story!

  • La Cave d'Argent says:

    5/10/2015 8:11:00 PM - Your kind words are much appreciated. Believe it or not, I still have not seen the article. Out here (on the West Coast) our Wine Spectator issues come a day or two later than the rest of the country. I hope to see it tomorrow!

  • COWineLover says:

    5/9/2015 8:32:00 PM - I just read the article in Wine Spectator and instantly recognized the picture in the article and your handle. A great story and one of persistence for the Money Pit.

  • La Cave d'Argent says:

    12/2/2014 5:46:00 PM - Thanks for your kind words, Mark. Sorry I missed you. Hope to see you next year!

  • Grinner says:

    12/2/2014 11:31:00 AM - Very impressed (and thankful!) you took all those notes and pics (you got us in the background of your Champagne reception shot!) from the WE Experience. Great job! I can't believe I tried 218 wines in those 2.5 days. Moving too fast to take notes from anything but the seminars. Great Kramer, Larry T. and poor Helen/John...sad/painful. We were also at the 9/11 site on Monday choking back the lacrimation. A must see for all Americans. Cheers again! Mark

  • gew71walsh says:

    10/23/2014 5:06:00 AM - Thanks for clarity on Schrader. Have enjoyed your assessments at the Wine Experience and look forward to the rest of them

  • Grinner says:

    11/16/2013 6:21:00 PM - Fantastic notes from your Napa trip, you musta wore out at least one pen... Also love your dream wine pick from my birth year. If you're ever in Eugene... Mark (UCSD class of '83)

  • La Cave d'Argent says:

    11/6/2013 4:19:00 AM - Hi Tim. Would otherwise love to. Unfortunately I'm in Kansas City right now, where I'm stuck for the next week on business.

  • Wine-Strategies says:

    11/5/2013 7:45:00 PM - I'll be in Poway/SD the next two days/nights if you'd care to share a glass Tim winestrategies @