|Quilceda Creek Vintners||2010||Red Wine||Columbia Valley||Red 92|
|Quilceda Creek Vintners||2010||Palengat||Horse Heaven Hills||Red 97|
|Quilceda Creek Vintners||2009||Palengat||Horse Heaven Hills||Red 97|
|Quilceda Creek Vintners||2010||Cabernet Sauvignon||Columbia Valley||Red 98+|
|Quilceda Creek Vintners||2009||Cabernet Sauvignon||Columbia Valley||Red 99|
|Quilceda Creek Vintners||2008||Cabernet Sauvignon||Columbia Valley||Red 97+|
|Quilceda Creek Vintners||2007||Cabernet Sauvignon||Columbia Valley||Red 100|
|Quilceda Creek Vintners||2006||Cabernet Sauvignon||Columbia Valley||Red 96|
|Quilceda Creek Vintners||2005||Cabernet Sauvignon||Columbia Valley||Red 100|
|Quilceda Creek Vintners||2004||Cabernet Sauvignon||Columbia Valley||Red 98|
|Quilceda Creek Vintners||2003||Cabernet Sauvignon||Columbia Valley||Red 100|
|Quilceda Creek Vintners||2002||Cabernet Sauvignon||Columbia Valley||Red 98|
|Quilceda Creek Vintners||2001||Cabernet Sauvignon||Columbia Valley||Red 97|
|Quilceda Creek Vintners||2010||Cabernet Sauvignon Galitzine Vyd||Red Mountain||Red 97|
|Quilceda Creek Vintners||2009||Cabernet Sauvignon Galitzine Vyd||Red Mountain||Red 96|
This line up was one of the highlights of my trip through Washington and without a doubt, this awesome estate, which
is run by Paul and Alex Golitzin, is producing some of the top Cabernet Sauvignon blends in the state,
and I would venture the world. While all of the wines are incredibly age-worthy, the tannins are so well managed
and the textures so polished, they dish out immense pleasure even in their youth.
A superb entry level effort that has not only layers of fruit and texture, but solid back-end structure, the 2010 Red Wine
is a declassified blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, yet has 15% Merlot and a splash of Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet
Franc in there as well. Up-front, perfumed and intense, it offers up spice-laced red and black fruits, toast, cedar,
vanilla and hints of chocolate to go with a full-bodied, mouth-filling and voluptuously textured palate. Lacking the
polish and elegance that can be found in this estate's upper tier efforts, it nevertheless has superb fruit, ripe
tannin and serious length. Enjoy it while you wait for this estate's other wines to mature. Drink now-2020.
Refined, elegant and supple yet also rich and concentrated, the Merlot-dominated 2010 Palengat
has 22% Cabernet Sauvignon,
7% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot in the blend and spent 20 months in 100% new French oak. Gorgeous on the nose,
with notions of crème de cassis, violets, graphite and mint, it flows onto the palate with full-bodied richness and depth that's
paired with a seamless, incredibly elegant and polished texture. Firming up on the finish with masses of tannin, mineral and
juicy acidity, this incredible 2010 needs 3-5 years of bottle age and will have upwards of 15-20 years of ultimate longevity.
Drink now-2030. Much more Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated, the 2009 Palengat (86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 6% Merlot)
shows the warmer vintage with ripe red and black fruit, licorice, roasted meat and hints of singed herbs on the nose.
Fantastically polished on the palate, with silky tannin, full-bodied richness and a layered mouthfeel, it is a knockout
effort that will have 15-20 years of prime drinking. Drink now–2029.
The estate's top cuvée, Paul's Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes primarily from the warmer Champoux Vineyard located in
the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, yet also incorporates smaller components from Ciel du Cheval, Klipsun, Tapteil and
Galitzine. It sees roughly 22 months in 100% new French oak.
Rich, backwards, structured and massively concentrated, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
comes mostly from the
Champoux Vineyard (also from Galitzine, Klipsun, Palengat and Tapteil) and is comprised of 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and
1% Merlot that spent 22 months in all new French oak. Offering up plenty of crème de cassis, coffee bean, toasted spice,
pencil shavings and violet-like qualities on the nose, it has palate staining levels of extract and tannin that come through
on the mid-palate and finish. Gorgeously full-bodied, layered and textured, with perfect balance, this awesome Cabernet
needs to be forgotten for 5-6 years and will have two to three decades of longevity. Drink 2018-2030.
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
(98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot) is a ripe, flamboyant and brilliantly proportioned effort that oozes kirsch,
licorice, lead pencil shavings and dried spice on the nose. Showing the perfume and headiness of the vintage, it
nevertheless stays vibrant and lively on the palate while delivering layers of fruit and texture. While formidably structured and
tannic, it can be enjoyed now due to the overall tannin quality and purity of fruit. It will evolve and drink well for
over two decades. Drink now-2029.
More pure and focused than the 2009, with a slightly closer to the vest feel, the
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
shows the cooler nature of the vintage and has incredible detail, purity and
freshness to its aromas and flavors. A blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot that spent 22 months in 100% new
French oak, it offers classic black currant, spice box, coffee bean, violets and exotic spices to go with
an ethereal, layered and seamless palate that delivers massive amounts of fruit and texture without any apparent weight.
I thoroughly enjoyed it now, yet it will age for decades. Drink now–2033.
A monumental wine in the making,
the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
is one of those wines that presents such an over the top array of aromas
and flavors that it's hard to figure out what you think about it with just a quick glance. It's only with the second
or third sip that you really start to see how special this effort truly is. Offering up perfumed, intense aromas of plum,
violets, ink, licorice and black currants, it flows onto the palate with a massive, incredibly full-bodied
texture that builds through the mid-palate and carries layers of polished tannins, awesome purity of fruit and blockbuster
length. Most likely not for everyone given the sheer size, it is an incredible wine in my opinion. Still tasting like a
barrel sample, it will have 30+ total years of longevity. Drink 2017-2037.
The most evolved of the lineup, with
complex spice box, wild herbs, dried flowers, currants and scorched earth aromas all emerging from the glass, the
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
is beautifully textured, full-bodied and seamless on the palate. Up-front
and approachable, it nevertheless has the back-end richness, depth and structure to continue to evolve for another decade
or more. Drink now-2023.
From a hot vintage and incredible any way you look at it, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
has that laser-like focus of a cooler year, yet the voluptuousness and richness of a warmer year. Smoked black fruits,
coffee, truffle and pen ink-like aromas and flavors all emerge from this massive, incredibly full-bodied effort and
on the palate, it carries itself perfectly with a weightless, yet decadent texture, masses of polished tannin and blockbuster
length. More classic and textbook than the 2007, it is every bit as good. Enjoy it over the coming two decades or more.
Also offering off-the-charts richness, with a flamboyant, hedonistic profile, the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
(96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc) possesses spice-laced aromas and flavors of cassis,
smoke, tobacco, roasted meats, dried licorice and wild herbs that are to die for. Full-bodied, incredibly layered,
rich and textured, it has no hard edges, masses of tannin and a finish that won’t quit. I've been lucky enough to
taste this cuvée three times (rated 96 and 97) in the past handful of weeks and this was the best showing yet. From
a cool vintage, it is still youthful and vibrant, and will continue to shine for another 15+ years. Drink now-2028.
Another wine that I've had multiple times recently, the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
(97% Cabernet Sauvignon and
3% Merlot) is pure perfection in a glass and yields off-the-hook aromatics of cassis, black raspberries, tobacco leaf,
pepper and licorice. Deep, layered and even elegant, with a seamless texture that conceals the sheer wealth of material
present, it builds through the mid-palate, possesses huge amounts of extract and masses of polished tannin on the finish.
Despite the overall size, it never loses its Cabernet Sauvignon soul and has an almost Bordeaux-like savoriness
and tannic frame. Still young (yet gorgeous nonetheless), it can be enjoyed now or cellared for another 10-15+
years. Drink now-2028.
Almost as good as the 2003, the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
is a blend of
97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc that spent 22 months in 100% new French oak. Its youthful
purple/ruby color is followed by gorgeously complex and intense aromas of wild herbs, exotic spices, caramelized beef,
licorice and layers of sweet black fruits and creamy black cherry-like nuances. Full-bodied, rich and incredibly youthful,
it opens up beautifully in the glass and is a total thrill ride of a Washington State Cabernet. I'd enjoy bottles
over the coming decade, but it will hold longer. Drink now-2027.
A smidge more evolved than the 2002, the
2001 Cabernet Sauvignon
is made from 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, mostly from the
famed Champoux Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. It offers a rock star bouquet of blackberry liqueur, cassis,
dried licorice, spice and roasted meats to go with a full-bodied, concentrated, yet incredibly polished and
elegantly textured mouthfeel. Blockbuster stuff that has everything, it is still youthful and vibrant and has
another decade or more of longevity, although I see no reason to delay gratification. Drink now-2023.
Even more concentrated, structured and dense than the Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Galitzine Vineyard
(99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Merlot, all from the Red Mountain AVA) delivers an incredible array of black currant,
dark chocolate, cedar, tobacco and assorted spring flower-like nuances that give way to a massively concentrated,
tannic and structured 2010 that has brilliant mid-palate depth, integrated acidity and a pure, detailed and energetic texture
that carries through the finish. As with the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, this is more fun to taste than to drink
presently and needs 5-6 years or more of bottle age to round into form. It too will have two to three decades or more
of ultimate longevity. Drink 2018-2035.
Also incredibly concentrated, with burly structure and a mountain of tannin,
the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Galitzine Vineyard
(99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Merlot) delivers a seriously
intense array of blackberry and kirsch-styled fruit, licorice, charcoal and spice box on both the nose and palate.
Aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak and a big, broad shouldered, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon, it possesses a
rocking mid-palate and fabulous length on the finish. Really showing the power of its Red Mountain terroir, it needs
4-5 years of bottle age to become civilized and will have decades of evolution. Drink 2017-2034.
, Jeb Dunnuck, Issue 207