Quilceda Creek

I have now drunk three bottles of Quilceda Creek from two vintages.  The most recent bottle of 2007 Quilceda Creek Vintners, Red Wine, Columbia Valley proved powerful.  The flavors were good but the bits of heat breaking out were distracting.  I shall hold onto my final bottle for several more years.  The second experiences was with Lou who opened the 2007 Quilceda Creek Vintners, Red Wine, Columbia Valley back in August of 2011.  This bottle was also young but the fruit held up to the structure and heat.  The first experience dates back 21 years when Mark Savage MW tutored an Oregon and Washington State tasting for the Bristol University Wine Circle.    My tasting note for the 1985 Quilceda Creek, Cabernet Sauvignon reads ,”Deep dark color.  Really dry, extremely tannic.  Last vintage made so tannic.  This one has too much tannin.”  I had forgotten I drunk this wine until I wrote about my drinking experiences at Bristol University.  I suggest you read my post Oregon And Washington Tasting, Mark Savage MW, 16th Feb 1993 for there are some hilarious notes!


2007 Quilceda Creek Vintners, Red Wine, Columbia Valley –
This wine is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Malbec.  Alcohol 15.2%.  The nose was a little meaty. In the mouth were dense, inky fruit then minerals and spicy structure as well as some heat.  The structure was strong but the flavors spread low and expanded rapidly in the finish.  With air the fruit developed some sweetness before the refreshing aftertaste.  The structure and heat were a little distracting at this point, cellar further.  *** 2017-2027.


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