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Quilceda Creek - Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
Garnet hued, with elegant, but firm fragrances of eucalyptus,leather and pencil lead. Mouthfeel is smooth, inviting the palate to the taste of currants, basil and bittersweet chocolate. To say the wine is a work of art is a just compliment, as it clearly conveys a life and character on which memories of great wine experiences are built.
Trapiche - Malbec Vina Cristina y Bibiana Coletto El Peral
Richly garnet, almost inky in appearance. Aromas of toasted chestnuts and cedar plank. Primarily chocolate and on the palate. Surprisingly non-complicated given the price point.
Colonial Estate - Emigre
A glass-staining garnet in color. A taste profile consisting of white pepper, black cherry and toasted coconut. A gorgeous Shiraz which sadly was the only bottle in my collection. Should have bought a case.
If you are ever in possession of one of these wines from minor vintages, treat it with humanely, respectfully and with dignity. It is past its prime and, like a dying sun, giving off only vapors of its former vigorous shine. Barely noticeable were hints of apricots and creme caramelle; all but gone were the quintessentially Sauterne elements of green vegetables and olives. My friends and I knew we were tasting something on its last legs, as it were, and we gave it the respect it deserved. Goodbye, and godspeed 1969 Sauterne.
Montepeloso - Eneo Rosso
Thickly laden with dark fruits, plum and cherry, with some mint in the finish. Dark violet color coats glass as you swirl. Hedonistic drinking now or for 5 more years. Will yield a little more additional character and panache in the intervening years.