Quilceda Creek Vinters

1999 Merlot


Vintage Notes:
Varietals: 75% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc
Vineyards: Klipsun, Ciel du Cheval
Barrels: 100% New French Oak
Time in Barrel: 20 months
Time in Bottle:
9 months
Case Production: 250 cases


Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:
The ’99 growing season provided a Merlot crop with abnormally small berry and canopy size resulting in a super-ripe, concentrated Merlot that has set a new standard for Quilceda Creek. It is packed with black raspberry fruit with nuances of cocoa powder, vanilla bean, and spice.

International Wine Cellar Review

"Bright ruby-red. Black cherry, black raspberry. Licorice and menthol on the nose. Bright, youthful and firmly structured, with somewhat clenched bitter chocolate and mint flavors. The wine’s solid tannins and acids give it a somewhat stiff aspect. May well need a good five years to unwind." Score: 90(+) pts

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar


Wine Advocate Review

"According to the Golitzins, 75% of their black-colored 1999 Merlot hails from Klipsun Vineyard. They mentioned that its fruit in that vintage “had the smallest berries we’ve ever seen.” Only 250 cases of this intensely aromatic wine were produced. Loads of spices, cassis, black cherries, and blackberries are found in its fresh, boisterous nose. An expansive, medium to full-bodied wine, it coats the taster’s palate with sweet red fruits, candied raspberries, and cherries. Its velvety textured character leads to a seamless, wonderfully long finish that reveals prodigiously ripe tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2012." Score: 94 pts

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