Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

$299

The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon contains 3% Merlot. The principal component comes from the Champoux Vineyard (in which the winery is a partner) with contributions from the Klipsun and Taptiel Vineyards, outstanding in their own right...Opaque purple-colored, it has a splendid perfume of violets, wood smoke, truffle, Asian spices, black cherry, and black currant preserves. Opulent and mouth-coating...The oak, tannin, and acidity are beautifully integrated and the lengthy finish lasts for well over a minute... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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Ratings on Delectable

Greg Gregory Delectable Pro

Rivals the best cabs from around the world.

Rivals the best cabs from around the world.

9.8

Jesse Pender Delectable Pro

Assistant Winemaker Delicato Family Vineyards

In amazing shape for 13 years old. Tannins were firm and plentiful. Seems like I missed the sweet spot on this wine and might have been better to drink at 10 years or younger.

In amazing shape for 13 years old. Tannins were firm and plentiful. Seems like I missed the sweet spot on this wine and might have been better to drink at 10 years or younger.

9.0

Bill Bender Delectable Pro

En mag and a really disappointing experience here. For me Quilceda needs 10 years at a minimum to start showing some secondary characteristics and exhibit what makes it unique. At age 13 this was a dorky adolescent. Very disjointed, heat, oak and a massive tannic unyielding monster. Not an indictment of the maker because I think these can be tremendous when they are at their best. Hold and hope.

En mag and a really disappointing experience here. For me Quilceda needs 10 years at a minimum to start showing some secondary characteristics and exhibit what makes it unique. At age 13 this was a dorky adolescent. Very disjointed, heat, oak and a massive tannic unyielding monster. Not an indictment of the maker because I think these can be tremendous when they are at their best. Hold and hope.

8.6

Mike Steffel Delectable Pro

A ton of black fruit. Almost 10 years of age and will easily go for another 7-10

A ton of black fruit. Almost 10 years of age and will easily go for another 7-10

10

Erin Bender Delectable Pro

Oh my goodness

Oh my goodness

10

Scott T Delectable Pro

VP/Senior Wine Specialist Christie's

From magnum Needs a second look. Should improve over the course of the evening. Served at private Christie's event

From magnum Needs a second look. Should improve over the course of the evening. Served at private Christie's event

9.2

Randy Fillingim

Drank this first day of 2021. absolutely fabulous. after 15 years tannins and fruits still doing their job admirably. filled the whole mouth with an array of wonderful flavors.

Drank this first day of 2021. absolutely fabulous. after 15 years tannins and fruits still doing their job admirably. filled the whole mouth with an array of wonderful flavors.

9.7

Bob McDonald Delectable Pro

Purple tinges. Youthful looking even at 13 years of age. Probably should have decanted over an hour before drinking rather than 30 Minutes. A little closed on the bouquet initially. On palate there are unbelievably silky velvety tannins - oak is totally integrated with the plum and blackberry. Still with a future. Not particularly Bordeaux-like but the silkiness and balance are winners. Thoroughly delicious. Next in 1 to 2 years.

Purple tinges. Youthful looking even at 13 years of age. Probably should have decanted over an hour before drinking rather than 30 Minutes. A little closed on the bouquet initially. On palate there are unbelievably silky velvety tannins - oak is totally integrated with the plum and blackberry. Still with a future. Not particularly Bordeaux-like but the silkiness and balance are winners. Thoroughly delicious. Next in 1 to 2 years.

9.5

Sarah Smith

Very smooth. Easy to drink with or without food.

Very smooth. Easy to drink with or without food.

9.3

Stephen Redenbaugh

Lean, still plenty of mid-weight tannin, shedding primary fruit. But oak and alcohol more integrated than when last tasted. Leaning towards the savory, herbal range with eucalyptus and sage notes. Very interesting historically and intellectlly, but juicy, sweet and jammy?? Not at all. I still loved the wine and wanted a juicy slice of rare tenderloin.

Lean, still plenty of mid-weight tannin, shedding primary fruit. But oak and alcohol more integrated than when last tasted. Leaning towards the savory, herbal range with eucalyptus and sage notes. Very interesting historically and intellectlly, but juicy, sweet and jammy?? Not at all. I still loved the wine and wanted a juicy slice of rare tenderloin.

9.4

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