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2001 Quilceda Creek - Cabernet Sauvignon Washington

UNITED STATES / WASHINGTON /
  • 97 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 57265-2001-750-3A
  • Rating: 95

    ($80; includes 3% cabernet franc) Bright medium ruby. Explosive, pungent aromas of dark raspberry, baking spices and cocoa powder. Then fat, lush and deep, with powerful flavors of raspberry, minerals and baking chocolate. Began slightly clenched but expanded impressively with aeration to show a seductively plump texture. Finishes fat, minerally and very long, with big but fine-grained tannins and a hint of nuts. A high-pH (3.8), high-tannin cabernet that appears to have the sheer material for extended bottle aging. Splendid.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2004
  • Rating: 94

    Intense and remarkably harmonious, this wine hangs its broad and generous flavors on a very fine, polished texture. It brims with spice-scented cherry, red currant and herb flavors, lingering impressively on the plush finish. 3,150 cases made.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Rating: 97

    A smidge more evolved than the 2002, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon is made from 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, mostly from the famed Champoux Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. It offers a rock star bouquet of blackberry liqueur, cassis, dried licorice, spice and roasted meats to go with a full-bodied, concentrated, yet incredibly polished and elegantly textured mouthfeel. Blockbuster stuff that has everything, it is still youthful and vibrant and has another decade or more of longevity, although I see no reason to delay gratification. Drink now-2023.
  • Self | Rating: 4

    Author: craigechols
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Brewcreu
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: taipanli
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: rdalehite
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: Jim W NYC
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: WineStorm
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: G
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Drank this after a 2005 Harlan Estate, which may be one if the few cabs that is better.....still feels like a baby even though it is a joy to drink. Decidedly new world with a long finish and plenty of structure
    Author: Scooter
  • Self | Rating:

    Excellent.
    Author: Michael N594
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Intense and remarkably harmonious, this wine hangs its broad and generous flavors on a very fine, polished texture. It brims with spice-scented cherry, red currant and herb flavors, lingering impressively on the plush finish. Drink now. 3,150 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2014
    Author: JLANDAULA
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Subtle and restrained. Decanted an hour before. This is a truly great wine that could evolve for several years to come. Great finish and tons of layers and textures. I was sorry when it was empty
    Author: JCashman
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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In a state most often associated with rain and apples, vineyards occupy more land each year. Nearly all of this vineyard expansion has taken place in the eastern part of the state, where arid, almost desert-like conditions prevail. Winters are harsh and frost is always a threat, but such conditions, along with sandy soils, have allowed most Washington vines to grow on their own rootstocks—a rarity among wine regions throughout the world. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2387 bottles owned
  • 421 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 421 collectors)