In this month's Wine Advocate
, Jun #225, Quilceda Creek's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley and the 2013 Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain
took top honors in Washington.
Jeb Dunnuck writes about the #1 wine in Washington, "I think the wine of the vintage, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Columbia Valley is flat out sensational,
and flirts with perfection. Its inky ruby/purple color is followed by incredible notes of cassis, black currants, smoked herbs, licorice and graphite. These give
way to a full-bodied, utterly seamless Cabernet that has full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannin and a killer finish. While it possesses the elegance and purity
of the vintage, it has a stacked mid-palate, and deserves 4-5 years of cellaring. It will have two decades or more of overall longevity." Score: 99 points
The Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley was released to Quilceda Creek's private mailing list in January and sold out upon release with a member price of $140.00 per bottle.
The #2 wine in Washington was the 2013 Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain which will be released to the Estate's private members this August. This
wine will be priced at $120.00 per bottle.
"An utterly prodigious effort that would most likely be the wine of the vintage if not for its big brother, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Galitzine Vineyard comes all
from Red Mountain and was raised in 100% new French oak. Revealing a healthy ruby/purple color and classic notes of sage brush, graphite, black cherries, currants
and chocolate, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness; building, present, yet ripe and polished tannin; perfect integration of its fruit, alcohol and oak;
and awesome length. This is a powerhouse Cabernet Sauvignon that still holds onto a sense of elegance and finesse. Forget it for 4-5 years and drink bottles over the
following two decades." Score: 98 points
Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking comments, "As proud as I am with the 2013's, I am even more excited about the 2014 vintage that will be bottled later this
month. They are absolutely stunning wines."