Quilceda Creek Vinters

1999 Quilceda Creek Red Table Wine

Vintage Notes:
Varietals: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc
Vineyards: Klipsun, Hedges, Ciel du Cheval, Champoux, and Tapteil
Barrels: 100% French Oak
Time in Barrel: 22 months
Bottled: August 2000
Case Production: 985 Cases

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:
The Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red Wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot from young and established vineyards that did not meet our stringent requirements for our ultra-premium wines.

The 1999 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red Wine has a broad, complex range of flavors. Intense black cherries and minerals backed by cedar, smoke and spice cascade across the taster’s palate. It is a medium-bodied wine with nice grip and sweetness to the fruit. Drink it over the next 10 years.

International Wine Cellar Review

"Quilceda’s second wine, a Bordeaux blend based on 82% Cabernet Sauvignon): Medium-deep red. Currant, tar and minty nuance on the nose. Smooth and lush but a bit featureless, with moderately ripe flavors of black raspberry and game. Nicely concentrated but somewhat angular wine, finishing with dusty, slightly drying tannins." Score: 88 pts

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

Wine Advocate Review

"Quilceda Creek’s second wine, known simply as “Red Wine”, is crafted from fruit and barrels declassified from the winery’s top bottlings (fully 35% of the production was declassified in 1999). One thousand cases of the medium to dark ruby-colored 1999 Red Wine were produced. It reveals lovely aromatics of black fruits, roasted spices and hints of asphalt. Medium-bodied, broad, and lush, it is a thick, expansive wine with candied blackberries and spices." Projected maturity: now-2010. Score: 89 pts

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