Took to the CT SEA Maison Harbour tasting to help show off Washington wines to Nicholas, founder and wine-maker. However, his palate (and wines) lean towards a lighter, less high-powered wine than this - LOL! This had the classic cassis, mineral, and spice of QC, which I enjoy immensely.
I am sitting here with a glass right now! Upon opening, the first sip was rough, as usual, for QC. After an hour decant, we have something really special going on. The nose has a lot of toasted oak and a slight floral character with a hint of spice candy which I love as this is reminiscent of Bordeaux. The sip is loaded with mocha, dark berries, cassis, and a hint of licorice, and then some very mild acidity. The finish has soft tannins that go down elegantly, but quickly. This wine seems a little thin in the mouth and is by no means heavy to me (nothing like a Syrah). This QC is in a drinking window to be enjoyed. I can't Ouija Board for how long, but it is very drinkable right now!
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(Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley) Dark in color. Rich aromas of blackberries, mocha, licorice, earth, and spice. An opulent, expansive wine that opens up and spreads out across the palate. Beautifully structured with the tannins to go the distance. Capped off by an extended finish. 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot. Champoux, Klipsun, and Taptiel vineyards. Aged 22 months in 100% new French oak. 15.2% alcohol. Sampled at 68 degrees.
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