Quilceda Creek Vinters

August 2011 Wine Advocate
Confirms Quilceda Creek's Extraordinary Excellence

99 pts. 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
98 pts. 2008 Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
97 pts. 2008 Palengat Proprietary Red Wine
92 pts. 2008 Red Wine

The latest edition of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, one of the most influential wine publications in the world, has deemed all three of Quilceda Creek's 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon based wines as "extraordinary," a designation reserved only for wines of "profound and complex character," according to the journal.

Quilceda Creek's 2008 "flagship" Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley received a 99 pt. rating in the August 31, 2011 edition of the publication, a rating only surpassed by Quilceda Creek's four 100 pt. ratings for the same wine in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007. The 2004 and 2006 vintages of the wine earned 99 pts.

With its singular focus on producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, the winery's two other Cabernet based wines nearly equaled the flagship wine. The same issue of Wine Advocate rated the 2008 Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 98 pts.; the 2008 Palengat Proprietary Red Wine earned 97 pts. The 2008 Red Wine, described as a "first-class effort," scored 92 pts. The Red Wine is Quilceda Creek's declassified blend.

Perhaps most extraordinary is the winery's consistent record of excellence across the portfolio. Since the 2001 vintage, Quilceda Creek has released 16 Cabernet based wines with an average rating of 98 pts. And the winery shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. Barrel samples of the 2009 vintage, also reviewed in the current issue of Wine Advocate, surpassed the 2008 vintage. The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley rated between 99-100 pts., the Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 98-99 pts., and the 2009 Palengat Proprietary Red Wine 96-98 pts. The 2009 Red Wine received 92-94 points. Those wines will be released to private mailing list customers next year.