Quilceda Creek Vinters

2000 Merlot

Vintage Notes:
Varietals: 78% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards: Ciel du Cheval, Klipsun
Barrels: 100% New French Oak
Time in Barrel: 22 months
Bottled: August 2002
Case Production: 225

Alex Golitzin
Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:
The dominant character from the Quilceda Creek 2000 Merlot is derived from the terroir of the low yielding merlot and cabernet from the Ciel du Cheval Vineyard located in the heart of the Red Mountain AVA. We consider this vineyard to be the “Haut Brion” of Washington because of the complex nature of the wines derived from its gravelly Scootenay soil. This wine is filled with blackberries, smoked meat, scorched earth, semi-sweet chocolate, minerals and spice.

International Wine Cellar Review

"Ruby-red. Nuanced aromas of black raspberry, black currant, licorice, tobacco leaf and smoky oak. Suave and sweet, but with sound acidity and solid spine. Complex flavors of black plum, bitter chocolate, minerals, tobacco leaf and fresh herbs. A merlot of moderate density, finishing with a firm tannic edge." Score: 89 pts

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

Wine Advocate Review

"The dark ruby-colored 2000 Merlot (only 250 cases) is more tannic and rustic that what is typically found at Quilceda Creek. Produced primarily from Ceil du Cheval Vineyard fruit (66%), it exhibits waxy, spicy blackberry aromas. On the palate, this firm, medium-bodied wine offers outstanding purity and focus. Black currants, cassis, and black cherries can be discerned in its foursquare character. Projected maturity: 2005-2013. Quilceda Creek did not produce a Merlot in 2001 according to Alex Golitzin." Score: 89 pts

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