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2004 Quilceda Creek - Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

UNITED STATES / WASHINGTON /
abv 14.9%
  • 98 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 202233-2004
  • Rating: 95

    ($100; includes 3% merlot and 1% cabernet franc) Good deep red-ruby. Knockout nose offers deep notes of plum, currant, truffle, chocolate and smoky oak lifted by violet and lavender. The palate projects a nearly confectionery sweetness and huge dimension but with lovely energy giving it a rather suave texture. This has the chocolatey character of all the Quilceda 2004s. The sweet oak element helps to give the wine shape. Finishes with plenty of acid grip and ripe tannins that reach the incisors. This easily carries its 15% alcohol.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2007
  • Rating: 95

    Velvety and generous. A supple, insinuating style, with coffee and bittersweet chocolate accents around a beautifully contained core of ripe currant, plum and cherry fruit. Has great presence, balance and harmony. The finish expands impressively against a veil of firm tannins and well-integrated oak flavors. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 3,400 cases made.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Rating: 98

    Also offering off-the-charts richness, with a flamboyant, hedonistic profile, the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon (96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc) possesses spice-laced aromas and flavors of cassis, smoke tobacco, roasted meats, dried licorice and wild herbs that are to die for. Full-bodied, incredibly layered, rich and textured it has no hard edges, masses of tannin and a finish that won't quit. I've been lucky enough to taste this cuvee three times (rated 96 and 97) in the past handful of weeks and this was the best showing yet. From a cool vintage, it is still youthful and vibrant, and will continue to shine for another 15+ years. Drink now-2028.
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: Vineman
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Drink Dates: 2009-2020
    Author: Jason R
  • Self | Rating: 3.5

    Author: craigechols
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Southbound Union
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: G
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Blueberry and dark fruit explodes from the glass. Incredible full mouth feel. You experience this wine on every part of the palate. Deep texture and layers of flavor. Super long finish.
    Author: Hal
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Delicious bottle of wine. Opened around 1:30 pm for consumption around 6:00 pm. Really started tasting good around 8:00 pm. Next time, decant at least this long. I'm not sure you couldn't open this wine the day before. It was very (still) big, lots of fruit and just a hint of bricking. Very good to the last drop.
    Author: Charley
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Stunning wine. Tastes like nothing else in this world. Essence of blackberry, black raspberry, currant, huckleberry, some garrigue, pine resin, sticks/stems... perfectly delineated on the tongue... this wine was balanced on a pin and flexing its muscles.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2020
    Author: JMC22
  • Self | Rating: 95

    very nice, needs to age a bit more...
    Author: Kenneth1557
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Wine is in great shape and drinking excellently.
    Author: Brian F129
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

  • 3379 bottles owned
  • 476 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 476 collectors)