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2002 Quilceda Creek - Cabernet Sauvignon Washington

UNITED STATES / WASHINGTON /
  • 98 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 57265-2002-750-3A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    Almost as good as the 2003, the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc that spent 22 months in 100% new French oak. Its youthful purple/ruby color is followed by gorgeously complex and intense aromas of wild herbs, exotic spices, caramelized beef, licorice and layers of sweet black fruits and creamy black cherry-like nuances. Full-bodied, rich and incredibly youthful, it opens up beautifully in the glass and is a total thrill ride of a Washington State Cabernet. I'd enjoy bottles over the coming decade, but it will hold longer. Drink now-2027.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($85; bottled in August of 2004; includes bits of merlot and cab franc) Bright ruby-red. Superripe aromas of cassis, black raspberry, minerals and chocolate. Rich, lush and expressive; superconcentrated but not at all heavy. In fact, this broad, suave wine offers a compellingly silky texture. Finishes impressively rich, dry and long, with firm but fine-grained tannins. Wait until 2010 before drinking this superb cabernet, by which time it may merit an even higher rating.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2005
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Firm and taut, with dusky spice and freshly ground pepper nuances to the dark berry, currant and cherry aromas and flavors, lingering impressively on the chewy finish. Doesn't have the pure fruit of previous vintages, but it should soften and broaden, developing more depth with cellaring. 3,400 cases made.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Author: RDV
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: ChrisMus
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: rcl
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: Edgar C
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    Drink Dates: 2006-2022
    Author: Tallydoc
  • Self | Rating: 98

    A great wine, simply said.
    Author: sbind
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Inky in color. Fast legs. Blackberry, Black currant (cassis). Blackberry, Black currant (cassis). Full bodied. Round texture. Long finish.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2020
    Author: David Jones
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Interesting evening, had the 2007 David Arthur 1147, 2002 Quilceda Creek and the 2004 Don Melchor. All were pretty solid, but I generally feel like when I have several wines together, it results in lower scores for all, which is probably the case here. In my opinion, and with very little decanting, the David Arthur was by far the best. Quilceda Creek was good, and only getting better as we drank it (could have used more time). The Don Melchor was about what I remembered, an over-hyped wine that is now closing in on its expiration date. The 1147 was smooth, silky and had fruit, though was starting to roll off a bit. Not sure if it has much more in it, maybe five years at best. The Quilceda Creek is nearing the end. Lacked the punch I remember, but did, as mentioned, get better as the night went on. The Melchor was flat and had a fair bit of tannins.
    Author: Charley
  • Self | Rating:

    really good.
    Author: Michael N594
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Super long finish, smooth. Seemed to get a bit of an alcohol overtone as wine was decanted.
    Author: Southbound Union
  • Self | Rating: 96

    This was a wonderful wine with great balance and good dark berry fruit. Very enjoyable.
    Drink Dates: 2007-2017
    Author: Ed K994
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Tremendously smooth yet powerful Cab. Nicely dry with minerality that just chastens the side tongue. Parker gave this a 100. I can say All of us enjoyed it, as well as our wait staff we shared it with. Beautiful wine.
    Author: emigna
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

  • 3406 bottles owned
  • 514 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 514 collectors)