Looking for a nice value in dessert wines? This one retails for around $15 and is nice. Golden in color. The nose has nice pineapple fruit, with a bit of lychee and peach. On the palate, the pineapple carries thru. This is sweet. A bit of honey. Nice to have a couple of ounces on its own.
This is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Syrah from Cayuse Vineyard in Washington. At eleven years from vintage it is rolling along just fine. Pop and pour and it was drinking quite well. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is nice with black raspberries, black cherries, slight burnt rubber/iron and a bit of a slight green herbal note (tarragon?). On the palate, this has a lovely texture. Juicy, black raspberries, black cherries with slight char underneath. Good finish. Worked well with roasted mushrooms. Should have another decade left if well stored but I doubt it
Purple in color. The nose is ok with cherries and dust. On the palate, this is easy drinking. Cherries with some underling spice. Nice texture. Nothing wrong but nothing exciting either except the price. This is around $15 which is a nice price for a party.
This is their basic Cabernet from a winery that makes both Washington and Oregon wines. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, sandalwood and fresh cut lumber. On the palate, this has medium tannins. There is a fair amount of oak, but also plenty of cassis fruit. Easy drinking. Good finish. For a $30 Cab, this is a nice value. Some depth. Needs a couple of years and drink over the next five to seven after that.
Purple in color, ruby t the rim. The nose has cassis and bell pepper. Also some baking spice. The bell pepper is distracting but eventually mostly blows off which is fine. On the palate, this is better. Cassis with some underlying oak/spice. Some depth and complexity. Seems tight and a bit shut down at this point, so give it plenty of air if opening. This will work with medium and heavier foods nicely. Certainly has potential for improvement.
Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is nice with dusty black cherries. A bit of an herbal streak On the palate, this has tart cherry fruit with underlying char and spice. Nice depth. A bit of heat on the finish. This seems to be made in a bit riper style though it should continue to settle down as it matures. It should be good for a couple of decades after that.
2005 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Galitzine Vineyard, USA, Washington, Red Mountain, Wine Review
One of the stars of Washington wines. Purple, ruby at the rim. The nose is really interesting. It had a spiciness which seems quite unique. Also some black cherries, kirsch, and toast. On the palate, this is still tannic. Plenty of black cherry fruit though, so this should continue to develop. Medium bodied. Plenty of ripeness here but not over the top. Some heat on the finish. It drinks well now, but seems like further improvement is likely. Needs bigger foods to pair with.
Purple/ruby in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black cherries with slight sour cherries and sandalwood. On the palate, this is a big Pinot on Oregon standards. Sour cherries, some underlying char. Full bodied. Slight tannins. This should work well with medium bodied and heavier foods. Think Salmon, game, etc. Screw capped. It is still young and should improve a bit. Drink over the next ten years.
Treasure Hunter wines have made a nice name for themselves buying excess juice that was not wanted and repackaging it and selling it at a lower price. Some offerings are, of course, better than others. This one is quite good. It retails for around $20 which is an excellent value for a quality Washington sate Cabernet. Purple in color. The nose has nice cassis with leather and some cedar spice. On the palate, this has nice Cassis fruit. Some underlying spice. Medium tannins. Good finish. Will work with heartier foods. Very solid and actually, better than just solid.
This is quite good but needs a bit of cellar time to hit its potential. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black raspberries, roasted meats, leather and slight white pepper. It seems tight and tannic on the palate. With air it has pretty sweet black raspberry fruit with some charred meat and an underlying mineral streak. Good finish. This has plenty of upside but if drinking before 2020, give it a nice decant.