Not the best 2004 Quilceda creek I have had. This one seemed to have much more prevalent alcohol notes throughout and was sweeter than the other bottles we have had. Still a very good wine, just not what it usually is. See my previous notes for this wine.
Dark purple color with no signs of age in this 11 year-old wine. This bottle was masquerading as a Northern Rhone. Complex aromatics including an interesting black olive aroma led the tasters to Old World Rhone but the palate took them to a modern-style Bordeaux. Either way it was unbalanced with the alcohol poking out on the finish. Decanted for 45 minutes.
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.
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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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