Abundance of oak overshadowed everything else. Nice fruit, complex and long on the palate, but needs alot of air to blow off the oak. I get that it is the QC style, but I think it would be much more approachable with a lighter touch on the new barrels. Glad I still have two bottles to allow for additional aging. Nevertheless, well liked at the table with folks who had no familiarity with QC.
Popped several bottles at an event. Drinking very well but was best with 30+ mins in the decanter. Slight bottle variation had one bottle notably tighter and hevier than the others, but in retrospect I failed to confirm that they hadn't substituted a different vintage. Still has several years of life, no rush.
Purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of thistle, black berries, roses and raspberries. Flavors of black berries, black cherries and raspberries. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold.
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(Quilceda Creek Red Wine Columbia Valley) Abundant aromas of oak spice, blackberry, chocolate, cherries, and licorice on an appealing, classically Quilceda Creek aroma profile. The palate is rich and silky with the tannins slightly less assertive than in recent vintages. Dips slightly in the middle but picks back up and sails on to an extended finish. 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Malbec. 15.2% alcohol. Sampled at 68 degrees.
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