S&E Wine Society - New World Reds 95+ Rating (S&E): Blind Tasting MOT=90 Color: Solid red Nose: Anise, nothing else really, I think it needed more time to open up Palate: Very strong tannins, loads of fruit and very well balanced. Opinion: Very impressive body compared to what I expected after smelling the wine. Maybe more time would increase the score a few points.
Probably drank this a year early, as it seems like it still could develop a bit more in the bottle. But that being said, it was great. Lots of Blueberry and some other dark berry fruits. There was a lot going on here, after you got past the initial hit of fruit. Long finish. Definitely different than the big Napa Cabs.
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(Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley) Dark in color. As usual almost 100% varietal, Quilceda Creek’s 2009 flagship Cabernet Sauvignon contains aromas of black berry, dark chocolate, cassis, floral notes and a potpourri of spices. The palate is rich, ripe, and concentrated with plush fruit flavors and textured, incredibly refined tannins. A long, vibrant finish. Among the more immediately approachable of the recent releases with a very pretty understateness, this wine still has the stuffing to lay down in the cellar for decades to come. 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot. Champoux, Klipsun, Palengat, and Tapteil vineyards. Aged 22 months in French oak (100% new). 15.2% alcohol. Sampled at 67 degrees.
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