Strange cork, looked in great condition, but bore no markings of any kind. In the glass. this showed just the beginning signs of maturity. The nose was more mature, with violets, Asian spice, and forest floor. Very compact on the sweet-tart palate, with stemmy berries and a modestly unpleasant hamster-cage overtone, also juicy acidity. Shortish but not unpleasant finish. This could easily pass for a decent Right Bank Bordeaux near the end of its useful life. No reason to hold.
Quilceda Creek Vertical (Chez Hughes - Chicago IL): Double blind tasting of what turned out to be a 10 year Quilceda vertical, with this is added as by far the oldest wine in the lineup. Clearly mature nose of black fruit, leather and earth, with a bit of mint. Flavors are also clearly evolved but less interesting than the aromas. Moderate length.
Wineflock - Quilceda Creek Intro/Retro (Home): Group #7, My #8 - Deep opaque red with crrimson edges. Slightly canned round red/black fruit nose with prune and green pepper notes. Nice balanced round spicy red fruit with cola hints. Fully mature.
Quilceda Creek Vertical 1990-2003 (My house): Green pepper, forest floor, really starting to showcase the acidity and bring it to the forefront. The tannins are all but gone. Very dry with seabreeze and tobacco on the nose. Past its prime, but you could still tell that it was a great wine 3-5 years ago
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