Dark, nearly opaque red color. Aromas of kirsch and cherry liqueur followed by blueberry and vanilla. Palate initially is cocktail-like with blueberry and kirsch flavors. With some air, this subsides a bit and the wine comes into a better sense of balance with blueberry, currant, asphalt, and some peppery notes on a medium-long finish. I can't say I preferred this to the Jones, but if I factor price into the equation, it is a clear winner.
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(Quilceda Creek Red Wine Columbia Valley) Dark and inky in color. Almost opaque. Abundant dark fruit, including black currant and blackberry jam, along with spice and oak. Touches of vanilla and light perfume. A thick, gripping wine with a strong tannin lick and a gigantic mid-palate loaded with fruit and spice. Lots of oak notes on the nose. Alcohol comes through occasionally as well. One year in the bottle. Still fairly closed at the moment. Decant extensively before consuming or wait 3-5 years. Tasted twice with consistent notes. 77% Cabernet; 10% Cab Franc; 10% Merlot; 2% Petit Verdot; 1% Malbec. 15.2% alcohol. Sampled at 65 degrees.
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