I'm not going to put a score on this, or leave any great descriptors because it wasn't properly served (my fault). After an ass-kicking climb on a snowshoeing trip this was drinkin too cold, without proper decanting, out of a solo cup in a dark cabin around a wood fire... That said I loved it, and on that particular evening I earned it!
OK, so the year is not over and there are still a number of contenders in the lineup over the holidays, but for now this is clearly my WOY. Smoky wood on opening on the nose, along with deep dark fruits. Mouth coating long finish that seems to build, you could hold this in your mouth for minutes and love every second. After a two hour decant (and filtering to remove the solids) the oak and all other elements integrated beautifully. Saddle leather on the nose along with the same dark fruits with brilliant polished tannins revealed through a long tantalizing and elegant finish. Sad to think I only have one of the 03s left.
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(Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley) A fragrant nose with rich black and blue fruit mix with wood smoke and anise seed. Holy smokes what a monster on the taste! A huge tannin lick. A dense, rich, outrageous wine that needs many, many years of time. After several hours of decanting the tannins start to calm down. Give this wine quite a bit of time in the cellar still. 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot. Champoux, Ciel du Cheval, Klipsun, and Tapteil vineyards. 14.9% alcohol. 3,400 cases produced. Sampled at 63 degrees.
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