No decant but I consumed this over about 3 hours. There is some nice rich cassis, tobacco, earth and graphite. But it is rather sweet, syrupy and boozy. To me, this drinks more like a goopy syrah than a Bordeaux blend. Drinking it at a lower temperature seems to help. I believe this is a well-made wine, and I'm trying to be objective, but I am probably not succeeding. This is a style of wine that I do not prefer.
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(Quilceda Creek Red Wine Columbia Valley) Dark to the point of being opaque. A pretty nose with licorice, oak spices, blackberry, red fruit, and light floral notes. On the taste, an opulent, rich, outrageously textured wine with gobs of black fruit, chocolate, and spice. Very tightly compact on the palate at present. Shows a little heat at times. Give two to three years. 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec. 15.2% alcohol. To be released in Fall 2010.
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