Robert Parker‘s Wine Advocate Awards Quilceda Creek Winery Two 100-pt. Ratings
Snohomish, Wash. June 30, 2017 – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, one of the most influential wine publications in the world, awarded two 100-point ratings to Washington State’s family-owned Quilceda Creek Winery in the June 30, 2017 issue, released today. The 2014 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley and the 2014 Quilceda Creek Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain both received 100-point scores. The perfect ratings mark the sixth time the winery has been honored with this prestigious acclaim in 12 years. Wine Advocate previously rated Quilceda Creek’s 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon 100 points.
Comparing the winery’s 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley to a first growth Bordeaux from a vintage like 2009, reviewer Jeb Dunnuck described the wine as a “tour to force” and called the Cabernet Sauvignon from Galitzine Vineyard Red Mountain “utterly spellbinding.”
The ratings represent a milestone for two of Washington’s State’s top AVAs as well. The 2014 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon sourced a majority of its cabernet grapes from the winery’s Horse Heaven Hills estate vineyards—most notably Champoux Vineyard and Palengat Vineyard. This wine also included cabernet grapes from Wallula Gap. This wine is the first 100-point wine sourced exclusively from Horse Heaven Hills AVA whereas the 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon wines includes a small amount of Red Mountain fruit.
Likewise, the 2014 Quilceda Creek Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from the winery’s Red Mountain estate planted in 2001 is the first 100-point wine from the Red Mountain AVA.
In addition to these two wines, Wine Advocate also praised the 2014 Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Wine (96 pts) describing it as “sensational” and “hedonistic” and 2014 Quilceda Creek CVR Columbia Valley Red (94 pts) as “opulent, sumptuous and downright sexy.”
Quilceda Creek offers its wines to private mailing list customers twice annually. The mailing list is currently closed, but the winery maintains an active waiting list and reviews its customer list regularly. More information is available at quilcedacreek.com.
For those who missed the opportunity to purchase the 2014 vintage, Washington’s 2015 wines show equal promise. Looking ahead, Dunnuck described Washington’s soon-to-be-released 2015 wines as representative of “another terrific vintage for the region.”
Quilceda Creek is a family-owned and operated winery. Founded in 1978, Alex and Jeannette Golitzin dedicated the winery to the production of world-class Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1992, their son Paul Golitzin joined the winery intent on realizing his parents’ vision by focusing Quilceda Creek’s attention on its greatest asset— the vineyards of the Columbia Valley. Today, Paul oversees all aspects of winemaking and vineyard operations.