Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
This release is reminiscent of the 1998 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon — but on steroids. Grapes in both vintages enjoyed a long hang time and ideal weather, and from release, this vintage was packed full of blackberry liqueur, plums, and crème de cassis along with anise, smoke, and Asian spices. It has a fabulously lush texture, showcasing the amazing purity of the Cabernet fruit.
This vintage blended 95.5 percent Cabernet Sauvignon with 2.5 percent Cabernet Franc. All were sourced from the Champoux, Ciel du Cheval, Klipsun, and Tapteil vineyards and were aged for 22 months in new French oak. We produced 2,925 cases
Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."