The 2007 Red Wine is composed of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, with the balance Cabernet Franc and Malbec. As always, it is a great value offering a fragrant, already complex nose of confiture of black fruits, incense, and Asian spices. On the palate it is savory and elegant with a plush texture. It is likely to evolve for several years but there is no compelling reason to defer gratification. Quilceda Creek remains Washington’s benchmark for world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. (JM)
You have to love the ’07 vintage. This is drinking beautifully right now, though official release (September) is still a ways off. Rich and delicious, full-bodied and aromatic, with exotic barrel scents and a lovely mélange of chocolate, mocha, caramel and spice. But the fruit is the main story, and it’s full, ripe and substantial—cherry and cassis, licorice and just a hint of leaf. (PG)
Bright ruby-red. Expressive, slightly liqueur-like aromas of currant, cocoa powder and flowers. Supple, silky and sweet, with an enticing floral quality providing lift to the seamless palate. A lovely plump, fruity, slightly high-toned blend with plenty of sexy Taransaud oak showing. Will make delicious early drinking. (ST)
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