2005 Nicholas Cole Cellars Reserve

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • Washington
  • Columbia Valley
  • Walla Walla Valley
Drink between 2011 - 2021 (Edit)
CT92.8 15 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 14

  • nbkat8 wrote: 100 points

    December 18, 2020 - In Honor of a good friend!

  • 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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  • DonWinspear Likes this wine: 94 points

    February 12, 2017 - Based on notes, decanted 6 hours prior to dinner. Nose of strong fruit, smoke. My initial taste impressed me more on the tannins and the structure of the wine than the fruit profile. But, as time passed, the wine opened up beautifully. Dark fruit, smoke, tobacco, mocha. This is a big wine with the chops to age further. Long finish.

  • fitchbuck Likes this wine: 96 points

    February 20, 2015 - The final Nicholas Cole from my cellar, and boy what a wonder it was. Purity, length, class. The flavors were almost secondary to the operatic movements sung in my mouth. I'm going to have to place this in the upper echelon of wines drunk in my lifetime: Top ten, right here right now.

    This cements my belief that during its run, this label was at the pinnacle of Washington producers, all while flying relatively low under the radar. T'is a shame that it's no longer around ... but as they say, the brightest flames burn out the fastest.

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  • Dhotchki Likes this wine: 93 points

    May 31, 2014 - Amazing. Soft tannins. Vanilla tones. Long finish.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Nicholas Cole Cellars
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Reserve
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region Washington
  • SubRegion Columbia Valley
  • Appellation Walla Walla Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 66 (41%)
  • Consumed 96 (59%)

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