A fantastic Washington state Syrah. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black pepper, black raspberries with some roasted meats. Full bodied. Wonderful almost seamless texture. On the palate, lots of black raspberry fruit with underlying char. Long finish. Delicious. This will continue to mature for another seven to ten years and drink well for twelve to fifteen after that. It drinks well on its own and will require bigger flavors (less as it matures). Spicy foods are a nice match.
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.
Glass "cork" is very cool. Purple in color. This is a pretty classic Washington Cabernet. The nose has cassis, black cherries, tobacco and slight bell pepper. On the palate, this is in a good place if still a bit young. Cassis layered with tobacco and earth. Some tannins. Slightly bitter in a good way. Nice finish. This works well with food. Probably will continue to mature and layer, but not really get better, just different. Very nice wine right now.
This is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and a little Syrah from three different vineyards in the Red Mountain AVA or Washington state. At 12 years from vintage it seems to be in a great spot although it should have at least 5 more years before starting to slowly go downhill. Purple in color. The nose is nice with cherries, coffee, leather, slight chocolate, cassis and tobacco. On the palate, this is still fresh with lot of fruit; cherries and black raspberries. Layers of fruit, damp earth and tobacco. Nice finish. This is not a big wine, but not shy either. Wo