Dense, somewhat murky dark red. Bouquet has very round, broad cabernet fruit with melded tannins. Silky, smooth. Has a European quality to it. Somewhat muted aromas disappoint just a bit. A very good mature WA wine. Could only ask for more aromatics.
Decanted 90 minutes prior to tasting. Surprising amount of fruit on the nose. Wine has appearance of an older wine with some brown at the rim. First impression was somewhat tart and astringent. Fruit was muted and fading. Followed over next two hours and the tartness faded and the fruit came back. Interesting wine but definitely past it's peak.
Sight: This wine is hazy, with no evidence of gas. The wine does show particles. Color is ruby at the core and fades to garnet 1/4” from the meniscus. Medium concentration of color. Legs are thick and move slowly down the glass.
Nose: This wine does not smell flawed. Strong intensity. Aromas are black cherries and mint, with a trace of cherry cough syrup on the edges. No trace of minerals. Very light smell of oak, mostly in a hint of wood smoke. I pick up some heat on the nose. Not sure where to place this wine.
Palate: This wine is medium bodied. The fruit is subdued, but I can’t tell if its bound up or simply faded. Given that I expect this wine to be over 10 years old, I will go with faded. Still, I did not pick up much secondary notes either. What I was left with was primarily a medium size dose of oak.
Structure: This wine is dry. Acid is medium-plus. Alcohol is medium-plus. Tannins are medium-plus and not well integrated. Finish is medium. Complexity is low.
Conclusion: Although the fruit is very subdued and the wine appears unfiltered, I will guess this wine is new world; no earthy or mineral notes. From the acid and alcohol indicators, this appears to be from a slightly cool vintage. Unknown quality producer.
Final Conclusion: This is an “OK” bottle of wine. It’s obvious that it’s an older vintage, but I couldn’t get much out of it. The flavors were subdued, the nose was difficult, the finish wasn’t too long or complex. All in all, I wasn’t very impressed.
My Ranking: 7th out of 8 bottles Group Ranking: 6th out of 8 bottles
Ephemeral, since it's our last bottle! Delicious, high acids, fruit and even tannins left. It does NOT seem like a 12 year old wine! Perfect with amatriciana pasta. Strong, yet feminine. Tasted too good to analyze. Smooth, very easy drinking. Sad it's the last bottle. Nice work Quilceda!
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