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2003 Quilceda Creek - Cabernet Sauvignon Washington

  • 100 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 57265-2003-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    ($93; includes 2% merlot and 1% cabernet franc; mostly from Champoux Vineyard) Deep medium ruby. Very deep aromas of currant, minerals, meat and smoke, with complicating notes of chocolate, tar and pastry dough. Tightly wound, penetrating and powerful, with terrific precision to the flavors of dark fruits, graphite and minerals. A very firmly structured wine that finishes with superb length, verve and grip. A stunning Washington cabernet. Paul Golitzin says to start drinking this in 2010.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2006
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Richly layered with gorgeous, focused currant, plum and blackberry fruit, shaded with touches of dusky spice and smoky notes from oak, but it's almost subliminal to the harmonious, seamless fruit character. The wine glides over the palate, submerging its tannins to let the flavors soar. 3,400 cases made.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    Unlike some minuscule production |cult| wines or luxury cuvees culled from a winery's primary product that have earned perfect scores over the years, Quilceda Creek's Cabernet Sauvignon is the winery's raison d'etre and is produced in significant quantities (3,400 cases in 2002, 3,425 in 2003). For accomplishing this feat the Golitzens should be doubly proud. Darker colored and significantly more powerful than the 2002, the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon displays mouth-watering aromatics of black chocolate, sage, and blackberry liqueur. Its awe-inspiring core of cassis liqueur, violets, blueberry nectar, black cherry syrup, and chocolate is immensely muscular yet elegant. Texturally reminiscent of liquid velvet, it slathers the palate with oodles of fruit, displaying unreal depth, balance, and length. Wow! Congratulations Alex and Paul, welcome to the big leagues.
    Author: Pierre Rovani
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Southbound Union
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: dbudden
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    Drink Dates: 2010-2024
    Author: Tallydoc
  • Self | Rating: 98

    A brilliant wine! Big red juicy fruit bomb with a nice smooth and very long finish! It enters my wine hall of fame along with Shafer, Harlan, Phelps Backus, and Araujo.
    Author: Steven H695
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    Author: Michael N594
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Not a critical tasting, but very good.
    Author: Charley
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    Well made wine. Give it another 5 - 10 years in the bottle.
    Author: Vino Trader
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Wow. It's a baby but shows a structure and tremendous fruit that will allow this to age for a long while. Hold.dd
    Drink Dates: 2010-2025
    Author: Conrad K
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

  • 3745 bottles owned
  • 568 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 568 collectors)