Had a bottle to celebrate my daughters birthday at our neighborhood Italian place. This may be the best botte I have ever ha. Slight earthiness and currant on the nose, velvety smooth without a hint of tannin, extra long finish with a chocolate after taste
Fully integrated and sophisticated. Had two bottles at table and 2nd was better and would be a 96. I had Schaffer hillside select 2010 the next night and the quilceda creek 2004 was by far a better wine. I went back to the restaurant and bought the last two bottles for my cellar.
First night with the Corvine, wine #2. Spent an hour in the stems after pouring. Red fruit and flowery aromatics; Silky smooth approach coats the palate in fine, red-fruit dust that melds seamlessly with the red fruit. If blind tasting I'd be torn between bdx and new world, but it shows nicely aged characteristics that are very European. Really a nice wine - Rose loved this.
Had over two nights. This is dark and the color shows no sign of age. The nose has sweet oak, violets, mocha and heat. A lot going on which is a bit overwhelming. Full bodied and viscous. Flavors of olives and dark fruit with cream on top. Followed by heat and bitterness. Light acidity. For what it is, I enjoyed the mid palate but the persistent alcohol took it down a notch for me.
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(Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon) Slightly cloudy, nearly opaque red violet color; appealing, Bordeaux-like, maturing, tart currant, cedar nose; ripe red currant, cedar, plum palate; needs 2-plus years yet; medium-plus finish
(Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley) A stunningly beautiful, refined nose with blackberry, blueberry, earth, mineral, wood smoke, and light herbs. The taste is other worldly. Perfectly refined. Immaculated detailed and textured. Hangs on the palate for minutes. Quite simply the best wine I have tasted. 96% Cabernet; 3% Merlot; 1% Cab Franc. Champoux, Tapteil, and Klipsun vineyards. 14.4% alcohol. 3,400 cases produced. Sampled at 62 degrees.
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