Well, call me a heretic, but this was a major disappointment, particularly since I'd had a wonderful 2002 just two days earlier. It took an hour or so to open up. Well balanced, silky smooth, complex, and rich. However, over the course of another two or three hours, it displayed an increasingly prominent and unpleasant barnyard component. After a total of three hours or so, it also seemed to be way over the hill. Hope it was bottle variation.
This has mellowed wonderfully. Decanted for one hour, this wine is now in the zone. The heat has subsided to reveal an elegantly connected, full palate experience. Mocha, dark cherry and cigar box stand out. The tannins are now supple and the texture is rich and satiny. I just love the length of the finish. For my book, this is hard to beat
Agree with comments of several others. Wine is rich, silky with great fruit forward. Hints of berries, light chocolate. Wife also tasted cigar (as noted by another reviewer). I like the length on palatte, good 30-40 seconds. Would score it higher except it lacks the depth/layers of finer wines. Each sip seem to garner different flavors indicating its not fully integrated, little bit all over the place. Has higher alc for aging, but not sure if it will get better or not. Another reviewer questioned if Washington wines ae built for long haul. Have two more bottles, so we shall see. If any can, it would be this one, but I have my doubts.
I was a little bit disappointed, too concrentrated, too one-dimensional, maybe it was the problem of too short decantation time (1h) but even two hours later not the complex development as I expected. For me the alcohol was feelable. Great cassis and some eucalyptic and etheric notes. Lost the direct comparision against Mouton 1986. Maybe next time with more air.
This bottle of wine was the best Cab I have ever tasted. It had the perfect nose aromas, incredible balance, and long on the finish. The fruit and tannins have morphed into that wine elixir we hope for when we cellar good wine. Only 99 because nothing is perfect, and probably close but not at its peak.
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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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