Sunday, April 28, 2013

Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2008

Quilceda Creek is sure another fantastic vineyard from Washington area. In Thailand, it is not yet so famous like Napa Valley. Nevertheless, if you are a big fan of dense hot climate New World style cabernet sauvignon, ranges of wine from Quilceda Creek are what you should be looking for to stag up your cellar.

Date of Tasting: 3 April 2013
Wine Type: Red
Grape Varieties: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot
Alcohol: 15.2%
Origin: Washington, USA
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Expect to Pay: THB8,000 - 10,000 (retail price in Thailand)
Chubby Score: 96/100
Value for money: 9/10
Professional Rating: WA - 99/100, WS - 94/100

Appearance: dense red almost black
Aroma: exotic spices and berries with woodiness
Palate: big firm and dense, high tannins that should integrate well in a few years, silky touch, present of complexity, dancing finish of 60+ seconds, well balance with sounded acidity, layers of sweet blackberries, mocha, and vanilla

Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 is the truly holy God blood. Fascinating and charming that goes on and on. This is a wine to to age surely. Long life span but can be consumed wonderfully with decanting at this stage of life. Wish I could have tonnes of this Quilceda Creek in my cellar. By the way, have it along with good steak or rack of lamb, and you will never forget it.

Score Explanation
95+ = classic and extraordinary
90+ = outstanding in its class
85+ = recommended wine with some degree of enjoyment
80+ = drinkable occasionally

WA = Wine Advocate
WS = Wine Spectator
JR = Jancis Robinson
DC = Decanter
JS = James Suckling
BH = Burghound

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