2005 Nicholas Cole Cellars Reserve

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • Washington
  • Columbia Valley
  • Walla Walla Valley

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  • sinebubble wrote:

    April 12, 2018 - I'm down to perhaps three Nicholas Cole bottles, all the reserve Cabernet. It's been an amazing ride with a winery that closed up shop during the recession. Honestly, they made some of the best wine in the state of WA, so it's sad to think about what could have been... Anyway, drank this with some brisket and a side of Pig Iron Mustard BBQ sauce.

    The color was a bit brickish and the nose showed a bit of age, but when combined with the food, it was totally singing! Very balanced, lush, yet not heavy, with plenty of fruit left. Next thing I know, I had drank almost all the bottle! I saved some for the next night, but by then it was more acidic than I preferred and a bit muted. I think I caught it just past its peak, but close enough to be thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • dsgris commented:

    4/15/18, 9:23 AM - I bought quite a few NC on close out with just 3 reserves left, '05-'07. Big wines and usually were better on the third day after opening, so I thought I would wait awhile on the reserves. Should be about time.

  • sinebubble commented:

    4/15/18, 10:44 AM - dsgris, like you, I bought a few cases when they closed down. His wines were always my favorite, not an average one in the entire line-up, and now that I'm down to my last few, I wish I had bought more. I see we both have an 06 and 07 Reserve left! I want to hang onto these bottles, but I fear for the day when I open my last one and I waited too long. I want each memory to be as good as the last!

  • dsgris commented:

    4/15/18, 6:13 PM - My palate has changed over the years toward a restrained old world style, so these bold wines benefit from significant aging. Loss of fruit and increase in acid for me are a positive as long as there is a savory quality on display.

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