Beautiful wine but not a powerhouse the standard Quilceda Creek cabernets usually display. Nice mild notes of earth, chocolate, and rose. Very well rounded but a little thin and low finish on mid-back palate. I like the wine but for the money I'm going to invest only in the standard Q.C Cabernet
Decanted for 45 minutes prior to drinking. Should have decanted at least two hours. Wine improved throughout the evening. Red cherry, dark berry flavors, chocolate and spicy oak flavors on the nose and palate with a nice long finish. This wine still has a long way to go. I will wait another 3-4 years before drinking another.
Color: medium deep ruby core -> medium dark ruby rim. Decanted and tasted over the course of 4+ hours, this demonstrated what I've come to think of as the 'classic' QC bouquet of blackberry liqueur, cassis and a touch of freshly ground black and white pepper. Palate showing mineral elements, along with noted blackberries, pepper and cassis (I just don't find those earthy elements others allude to). Sorry, but I guess I'm one of the naysayers out there that find this profile just isn't what I'm looking for in a Bordeaux blend. Good midpalate and acidity and a nice, long finish -- a very well made new-world Cabernet showing specific QC character -- this just isn't in my wheelhouse. Really not bad at all (though the 15.2% alc is apparent), would just rather have a nice second or third growth . . . .
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