Dark ruby/Inky in color with a short reddish rim.
Great fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, mocha, coffee, black pepper, earth and light vegetables.
Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, earth, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha and coke.
Nice spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This 5 year old Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon is always enjoyable. Well balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.
Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show the complexity, but good right out of the bottle.
Wine Spectator 90 points.
This is a very nice wine for under $20.
I paired it with a cheese plate and fresh fruits.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$16. — 4 days ago
Mainly Cabernet Sauvignon (46%) and Merlot (36%) the 2014 Columbia Crest ‘Walter Clore Private Reserve’ Red Wine is a gorgeous wine that is showing marvelously at five years of age. Coming from an exceedingly warm vintage in Washington, the spicy tones and deep core of dark fruit aromas mingle nicely in the glass. Generous and showing a plush texture, this has wonderful length with blackberry pie, cigar box, anise, Turkish coffee and shades of blueberry compote. The long finish lingers. Spectacular now, this beautiful wine will cellar well for the next fifteen years. Drink 2019-2033- 93 — 10 days ago
Ruby red, dense core of moderately extracted pigment. Aromas of mint, cherry, barrel wood, maybe smoke. Cherry and cranberry flavors, smooth mouthfeel, not much skin or seed tannin expression on initial pour, but they emerge in earnest after 5-10 minutes. It becomes tart after an hour, but in a flavorful, red fruit way. Tannins settle down after two hours: smooth, rounded, red fruit nectar with a touch of allspice, light but balanced. Not your usual style of Cabernet, but for the curious... worth a try if you decant it first. — 7 days ago
The 2016 'CVR' is an absolutely stunning release from Quilceda Creek. It takes on instant appeal, as the nose is very pretty and perfumed with red rose petals that combine with the marvelous dark and blue fruits. The texture is outstanding with a wonderfully rich and polished mouthfeel. Delicious flavors of ripe red, dark and blue fruit combine with a touch of chocolate to envelope the palate heading into the long finish. While this is already remarkable in its youth, it should also cellar well over the next ten to fifteen years. Drink 2020-2032- 93 — 5 days ago
It's time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here's a nicely priced one from Washington State.
Dark ruby in color with a cloudy reddish /brick rim.
Strong nose of blackberries, cooked plums, raisins, dried fruits, oak, spices, vanilla, peppercorn, light vegetables, pencil lead, light alcohol, chocolates, herbs and light earth.
Full bodied with medium plus acidity and nice legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, black cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee and peppercorn.
Medium length on the finish with fine tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a nice Merlot from Washington State. Big and fruit forward with nice complexity, now. A good sipping wine and good for parties.
Showing a tangy finish with nice spices.
Needed an hour in a decanter to open up properly, so take your time.
I paired it with cheeses and crackers.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$14. — 17 days ago
Revisiting same vintage six months later. Messed up a bit here; flavors after an hour push toward cherry with a hint of black pepper, black olive pit and soapiness on finish, and a solid tannin core that slowly softens. There’s a hint of spearmint in there as well. All in all, not so different from my previous tasting notes. — 2 days ago
Opens beautifully with some sappy blue fruit & savory gamey notes. The nose remains youthful and powerful. Plenty of acidic structure intact here & tannins are silky offering beautiful texture. A very cool vintage, but a wine showing plenty of life ahead. Stellar. — a day ago