The 2004 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red Wine has red cherry fruit, chocolate, herbs, smoke and vanilla presented in a medium-bodied format. This has benefited as we have gotten stricter with our selections that go into our Cabernet Sauvignons. It is one of the best versions to date.
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"The 2004 Red Wine is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Merlot from declassified fruit and may be considered a second label. Purple-colored, it gives up a toasty nose of vanilla, violets, cassis, black currants, and blackberry. This leads to a rich, layered, black fruit-flavored, and smoothly textured wine that offers considerable elegance. There is enough ripe tannin to support 3-4 years of further evolution and it should drink well through 2022. It is an excellent introduction to the style of Quilceda Creek."
The Wine Advocate
"Good deep ruby-red. Sexy aromas of plum, chocolatey oak and spicecake. Suave, fat and sweet, with a lovely layered texture to the plum and milk chocolate flavors. Very harmonious use of oak here."
International Wine Cellar
Remember when "declassified" wines were limited to d'Yquem? Remember when "second label" was a Les Fortes de LaTour? No more... Quilceda Creek, the best winery in America (hey man .. 3 Parker 100's - try that one on Screaming Eagle) makes a great Claret blend when their impeccible Cab is just a bit off. This is what happened in 2004 and this wine is really good.