Quilceda Creek Vinters

1999 Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage Notes:
Varietal: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Merlot
Vineyards: Champoux, Ciel du Cheval, Klipsun, and Tapteil
Barrels: 100% New French Oak
Time in Barrel: 22 Months
Time in Bottle
before release:
9 months
Case Production: 2,300

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:
The ’99 Cabernet Sauvignon is an infusion of black plum and spicy blueberries laden with anise, smoke, and minerals. This wine is thick in extract with a wonderful syrupy texture displaying many layers of sweet lush fruit.


International Wine Cellar Review

Paul Golitzin
Full red-ruby. Highly nuanced nose combines sappy black raspberry, black cherry, spicy oak, loam and menthol, plus hints of meat and maple syrup. Offers a compelling combination of sweetness and grip. The lush palate is spicy but shapely and nicely delineated; not yet complex but already exudes lovely inner-mouth perfume. Very long, broad finish features substantial tannins that coats the entire mouth and dust the teeth. Shows the hint of austerity that promises a long and graceful evolution in bottle. Should rank among the best cabernets to date from this world-class producer. Score: 93(+)

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

Wine Advocate Review

Champoux Vineyard
"Even better, the sumptuous 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark ruby-colored wine with mouth-watering aromas of highly expressive blackberries awash in toasted oak and roasting spices. Medium to full-bodied, thick, concentrated, and exquisitely balanced, this mouth-coating tour de force is densely packed with jammy black fruits and cassis liqueur. It combines elegance with power in a manner reminiscent of Chateaux Margaux's prodigious 1990. This velvety-textured wine is complete, with magnificent depth of fruit, a profound personality, and the requisite structure for long-term cellaring. Bravo!" Projected maturity: 2006-2020. Score: 98 pts

Pierre-Antoine Rovani, Robert M. Parker, Jr.’s Wine Advocate

Wine Spectator Review

"Consistently among the best Washington wines, this Cabernet keeps refining the quality to its present level of often-breathtaking depth and density. The 1999 is beautifully focused, firm in texture, with bay leaf-scented cherry and currant flavors that last and last on the chewy finish. Built for the cellar, this has intensity, length and depth." Best after 2003. Score: 94 pts

Harvey Steiman, The Wine Spectator