2006 Quilceda Creek - Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96The most evolved of the lineup, with complex spice box, wild herbs, dried flowers, currants and scorched earth aromas all emerging from the glass, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon is beautifully textured, full-bodied and seamless on the palate. Up-front and approachable, it nevertheless has the back-end richness, depth and structure to continue to evolve for another decade or more. Drink now-2023.Drink Dates: 2013-2023
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94Very 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.Drink Dates: 2012-2020Author: Harvey Steiman
Self | Rating: 90Author: Naperwino
Self | Rating: 96Author: Vineman
Self | Rating: 93Drink Dates: 2010-2025Author: Lawrence
Self | Rating: 98Amazing! Every bit as good as the 2005. Quilceda Creek is the best Cab producer in the USA in my opinion.Drink Dates: 2009-2020Author: Winecaptain
Self | Rating: 96Had with a 2010 Continuum. Blew away the Continuum. This was fruit filled, smooth as silk and just lovely balance. One of the better QC's I have had. From the first sip until gone, wonderful. Decanted about 2 hours, first taste was wonderful.Author: Charley
Self | Rating: 93leather, licorice and chocolate on the nose with a medium body and perfectly melded tannins. Not sure it will get any better with time but was pretty darn good.Author: JCashman
Self | Rating: 89Rich, but not weighty, nice balance. Not great at first, opens some with decanting but for the cost an underwhelming wine. Color: Garnet to claret red, dark red core Nose & Palate: Black currants, spicy oak, herbal, chocolate and some cassis. Finishes a tad oaky. Very underwhelming.Drink Dates: 2010-2025Author: Koby
Self | Rating: 98This is an outstanding bottle of wine!!! Probably the best bottle I've had in 2014. Cork broke multiple times trying to open and had to put it through a coffee filter 3 times before the decanter, but it was worth the effort. Elegant nose of dark floral and cocoa scent. Upon first fast my eyes lit up. Smooth, romantic flavors and just the right balance of earth, structure, and dark fruit. I have got to get more of thisAuthor: rdalehite
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Cabernet Sauvignon is a thick-skinned variety that is high in color, flavor, tannin, and body, displaying aromas of black currant, blackberry, violet, bell pepper, and black cherry. It is late-ripening and therefore struggles to grow in cool climates. Quality can vary tremendously depending on terroir, vineyard management, and winemaking style, with the highest quality wines coming from the and in , and and in .
The powerful flavors, tannin, and body of Cabernet Sauvignon make it well suited to ageing and allow it to stand up to a large proportion of new oak without overpowering the wine. 225-litre barriques are the most popular size barrel and French oak is commonly used by the best producers to add structural complexity and flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and clove to the nose and palate. The best wines, many of which are below, can age further in the bottle for decades.
Old-World Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with , which ripens earlier than Cabernet and adds plum, softer tannin, and lighter body to this . These wines typically have earth-driven aromas such as wet leaves and truffle along with bell peppers and leather. producers such as , , and consistently produce some of the highest-quality Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends.
New-World Cabernet Sauvignon is seen both as a blend and single varietal. Warmer climates and long sunlight hours result in an extended growing season, bearing grapes with richer fruit, bigger tannin, higher alcohol, and lower acidity than their Old-World counterparts. Some of the best expressions of these full-bodied wines come from producers like , , and .
All Cabernet Sauvignon pairs phenomenally well with meat-forward dishes such as rib-eye steak, short ribs, lamb shank, or a cheeseburger. Vegetable-forward dishes featuring mushrooms are also a great choice for this variety.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 2281 bottles owned
- 379 collectors
- Average collector rating: 94
(Out of 379 collectors)