Quilceda Creek Vintners
The Washington State wine industry was notoriously slow to re-start after Prohibition in the United States decimated the existing wineries that had been producing there, but wineries like Quilceda Creek, which was the 12th bonded winery established in Washington after Prohibition, have brought the wine scene roaring back to life. Founded in 1978 by Alex and Jeanette Golitzin (Alex is the nephew of renowned Napa Valley winemaker André Tchelistcheff), the project quickly became a mission to make the best Cabernet Sauvignon in Washington, sourcing grapes from five of the top vineyards in the state. Champoux, Galitzine, Lake Wallula, Palengat and Wallula Vineyards. In 1993, the winemaking at Quilceda Creek was taken over by son Paul, and under his guidance, has gone on to earn six 100 point scores from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, in 2015 earning the number 2 spot on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines. Paul’s style leans towards lush ripe fruit, with seamless integration that rewards those with patience enough to cellar. In short, Quilceda Creek has been leading the charge for Washington state Cabernet Sauvignon and has consistently delivered wine of the highest quality year after year.
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The 2015 Quilceda Creek "CVR" Columbia Valley Red Wine is a wonderful preview into the incredible 2015 vintage. A combination of all our vineyard sites, it is filled with satisfying red and blue fruits, smoke, spice and minerals. One of the best CVRs to date, it is the first vintage of CVR that will bear the new label showing an iridescent black version of the classic gold Quilceda Creek label. Best enjoyed over the next 15 years.
A blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, the sensational 2014 Palengat Vineyard is loaded with notions of chocolate covered plums, licorice, roasted herbs, and graphite/lead pencil shavings. Up there with the of the top vintages of the cuvee, this full-bodied, rounded and hedonistic 2014 shines in the vintage, has no hard edges, gorgeous purity, and plenty of ripe, sweet tannin. It’s a serious mouthful of a Cabernet and will drink nicely for 10-15 years. - Jeb Dunnuck 96