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Professional Ratings: 99 The Wine Advocate, 98 Wine Enthusiast, 94 Wine Spectator
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Smooth & Supple
Item no. 121603
The flagship 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon comes predominantly from the famous Champoux Vineyard in which the winery is a partner. It was aged in 100% new oak. It sports a deep purple-color with a captivating nose of spice box, sandalwood, truffle, Asian spices, incense, black cherry, and black currant. Opulent on the palate (but elegant as well), it already reveals serious complexity, density, and succulence of fruit. Enjoyable now but with at least 8-10 years of cellaring potential, this marvelous effort should have a 30 year lifespan.
The 2006 flagship Cabernet from Quilceda
Creek is a massive wine that has just begun
to emerge from its slumber. When first released
the wine seemed to have entered a dumb phase,
but six months later it responds to decanting and
shows its muscle. Fruit flavors of black, brandied
cherries, cassis and bourbon-soaked plums are
wrapped in generous, layered oak. The wine is
dusty, smoky, laced with streaks of licorice and
brightened with sharp acids. It continues to
expand further in the glass, adding flesh and
spice to its frame, with a cedar/cigar box finish.
Very ripe and generous. Not a big wine, but brims with plum, currant, black olive, cedar and roasted meat flavors, all playing against crisp tannins and lingering on the tight finish. Needs time in the cellar in order to open and flourish.