Quilceda Creek Vinters

2000 Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage Notes:
Varietal: 97.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2.5% Cabernet Franc
Vineyards: Champoux, Ciel du Cheval, Klipsun, and Tapteil
Barrels: 100% New French Oak
Time in Barrel: 22 Months
Bottled: August 2002
Case Production: 2925 Cases

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:
The 2000 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon is reminiscent of the '98 Quilceda Creek but on steroids. This wine is packed full of blackberry liqueur, plums, and crème de cassis laden with anise, smoke and Asian spices. It has a fabulous syrupy texture, show-casing the amazing purity of cabernet fruit found in this wine. It is the most perfumed and well-balanced Quilceda Creek wine to date.

International Wine Cellar Review

"Bright medium ruby. Aromas of crystalized dark berries, tobacco, mocha, peat, graphite and smoky, spicy oak. Very rich and dense but not overly sweet, with strong oak notes of spice and chocolate along with suggestions of pipe tobacco and fresh herbs. Finishes with ripe, chocolately tannins and excellent length." Score: 92 pts

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

Red Mountain
American Viticultural Area

Wine Advocate Review

"The dark ruby-colored 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon has a nose reminiscent of a blackberry-flavored Yoplait yogurt laced with roasted oak and hints of licorice. A full-bodied wine of power and structure, it is crammed with black currants, blackberries, and spices. Its dense fruit is matched blow for blow with a muscular, firm structure. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020." Score: 94+ pts

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

Wine Spectator Review

"Announces itself as a serious red from the first whiff of earthy, smoky notes weaving through the licorice-scented dark berry flavors. This firm, chewy wine expands on the long finish under a layer of fine-grained tannins, holding it all together seamlessly. It begs for time in the cellar to develop. Best after 2006. 2,925 cases made." Score: 93 pts

Harvey Steiman, The Wine Spectator

Wine & Spirits Top 100 Best Wines Buying Guide 2005 Review

"This tastes black as woodland berries, black as grapes ripened in the soils of Red Mountain. It's a dynamic cabernet, the flavors growing out of the Columbia Valley earth, its power in perfect balance so the intensity of the wine is wed with grace. The black spice of the tannin carries an electric charge, as does the vibrant sweetness of the fruit, woven together in a warm flavor that continues buzzing for minutes after each taste. The wine's alcohol seems to act as a connector, as an extender, a power to carry all the zesty riches of the fruit. One of Washington's greats, from the nephew of Andre Tchelistcheff." (2,925 cases) Score: 95 pts

Wine & Spirits Top 100 Best Wines Buying Guide 2005