2005 Quilceda Creek - Columbia Valley Red 750ml

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2005 Quilceda Creek - Columbia Valley Red
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International Wine Cellar | 90-92

(84% cabernet sauvignon, 9% cabernet franc and 7% merlot) Good deep red-ruby; this seemed to gain in color in the glass. Much less open on the nose than the 2004, hinting at currant, minerals, graphite and nutty oak. Densely packed and rather powerful, with blacker fruit flavors than the 2004. This finishes with a firmer tannic spine. Paul Golitzin noted that the family's 2005s are more powerful wines than their comparatively lush 2004s due in large part to smaller berry size. They'll need longer aging, he said-"maybe the longest ever!"

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 135

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Wine Advocate | 93

The 2005 Red Wine is the winery's second label for declassified lots. It consists of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Merlot. Purple-colored, it reveals an expressive bouquet of cedar, pencil lead, spice box, black currant, and blackberry. This is followed by a full-bodied, plush wine with ample ripe tannins and layers of sweet fruit. The wine has serious weight, excellent length, and will profit from several years of additional cellaring. It should be at its best from 2011 through 2020. The wine is true to the house style and is a superb value.

Drink Dates: 2011-2020
Author: Jay Miller
Issue: 177

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Wine Spectator | 94

Richly aromatic, this brims with dark berry and currant aromas and flavors, shaded with espresso and dark chocolate overtones set against somewhat gritty tannins. A meaty note adds extra depth as the finish lingers on and on against the tannins.

Drink Dates: 2010-2017
Author: Harvey Steiman


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Score: 91
Author: Southbound Union
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 08/21/2012
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Score: 92
Author: Yamadori
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 07/31/2011
Score: 91
Author: Lawrence
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/16/2011
Score: 93
Author: MJM
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/09/2010
Score: 94
Author: jaycomny
Trust Rating: 62
Tasted On: 10/03/2009
More Vintages and Sizes of Quilceda Creek - Columbia Valley Red:

2011 (750ml)
2010 (750ml)
2009 (750ml)
2004 (750ml)
2002 (750ml)

About This Producer


No Washington winery commands more attention from wine collectors than Quilceda Creek, with repeated 100-point scores and subsequent appreciating bottle value. Since 1978, the Alex Golitzin and his son Paul have been lauded for their flagship Cabernet Sauvignon, which is elevated by the Bordelais practice of declassification of up to one third of production into a second label each year. The fruit for their 4,000-case production is sourced from the finest vineyards on the far side of the Cascade Mountains, and the Golitzins are meticulous in their oversight of the viticultural practices. Driven to produce the greatest wine possible, Alex and Paul "know what they want in a wine and what to do to get it."

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