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International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 165
(cabernet sauvignon with 15% merlot, 2% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot): Good deep ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of berries, chocolate and sexy spices; verging on exotic. Fat and sweet, with plenty of depth and a hint of surmaturite to the fruit and sandalwood flavors. Finishes with very suave, dusty, chocolatey tannins, a note of graphite and showy new oak. This very ripe, plump wine will offer plenty of early appeal.
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Author: David Schildknecht
Quilceda Creek's 2009 Red Wine - which includes 15% of Merlot and near-negligible amounts of Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc - nicely integrates preserved walnut, toasted pecan, and green herbal elements into a matrix of cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, and confitured dark berries. There is a hint of heat to the finish of this plush, plump offering, but neither that nor the wines torrefied elements detract from a torrent of sweet berry juiciness, nor preclude a sense of energy and a dynamic interaction of myriad elements. I suspect, based on intuition as well as reliable reports - although I have scarcely any personal experience as yet with older Quilceda Creek wines - that this will remain well worth following for at least a decade.
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 05/13/2013
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Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 04/10/2013
Very soft and round, with a "sweet" mouthfeel. A nice quaff, but didn't seem to have much complexity
Trust Rating: 79
Tasted On: 12/14/2012
Drink Dates: 2014-2020
Great focus - too young.
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/22/2012
Really good. Lots of currant and blackberry. The tannins are not overwhelming. This will age well but drinks pretty good now.
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