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2005 Quilceda Creek - Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

UNITED STATES / WASHINGTON /
abv 14.9%
  • 100 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 18 JR
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 202233-2005
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    From a hot vintage and incredible any way you look at it, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon has that laser-like focus of a cooler year, yet the voluptuousness and richness of a warmer year. Smoked black fruits, coffee, truffle and pen ink-like aromas and flavors all emerge from this massive, incredibly full-bodied effort and on the palate, it carries itself perfectly with a weightless, yet decadent texture, masses of polished tannin and blockbuster length. More classic and textbook than the 2007, it is every bit as good. Enjoy it over the coming two decades or more. Drink now-2033.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    (includes 3% merlot) Bright, saturated medium ruby. Sexy aromas of cassis, black raspberry, minerals, mocha and smoky oak. Juicy, layered and intense, with superb depth of fruit and an impression of breadth rare for Washington cabernet. This superripe wine shows considerably more finesse of tannins than the estate's red blend. This began with a slightly roasted quality but with time in the recorked bottle it appeared to gain in energy and sheer density. This was a vintage that yielded very small berries, noted Alex Golitzin.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Richly aromatic, this brims with dark berry and currant aromas and flavors, shaded with espresso and dark chocolate overtones that play against somewhat gritty tannins. A meaty note adds extra depth as the finish lingers on and on against the tannins. 3,400 cases made.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Small berries and a tannic vintage. Small percentage of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. 88% Champoux and 12% from Red Mountain vineyards. 22 months in new French oak. Both red and dark fruit on the nose. Such restraint even though you know this has great fruit depth. Smooth, deep-pile velvety tannins. Thick but not heavy. Savoury and very dry but in no way drying. Firm seude-like tannins and these tannins are perfectly enhanced by the acidity. (JH)
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Author: Cramosdones
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Southbound Union
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: SingKevin
  • Self | Rating: 100

    All that it is made out to be. A true 100 point wine with luscious mouth feel, complexity of black fruit and tanin to help it last.
    Drink Dates: 2026
    Author: Karl L
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Deep dark brooding ruby red, gorgeous nose of big berries, beautiful well integrated soft tannins and a long fantastic finish. Goes well with great company as does everything in life.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2025
    Author: David 429
  • Self | Rating:

    excellent!
    Author: Michael N594
  • Self | Rating: 96

    For the lord's b-day, and a good excuse to drink wine, we had the 02 Montelena Estate, the 05 Quilceda Creek Cabernet and the 07 Quilceda Creek Galitzine Vineyard. A big ask, given that there were 3.5 drinkers, but we persevered. First, let me say all three were terrific. Out of the bottle, with about 30 minutes of decanting, the Montelena had more finesse and was more delicate. Between the Quilceda's, the Galitzine was bitter. I opened both about 2.5 hours before we started drinking. At four hours, both seemed to be getting better. Trend, by all, is that as we moved into food (roast, m&c, and veggies ' big stuff), all the wines were terrific. Not a hint of age on any. Great night for wine. Going 96 across the board, would be difficult for me to favor one over another. Thank you, baby Jesus.
    Author: Charley
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Placed second among 6 wines last night
    Author: quesyrah
  • Self | Rating: 98

    simply terrific well delinieated and sophisticated with walls of casis, blue berry, lethear, and spice.
    Author: Daddy
  • Self | Rating: 96

    vanilla, meaty, cinnamon and black pepper finish, blackberryFull bodied. Silky texture. Medium finish.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2020
    Author: goelmos
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Wow! Very big. Fruit forward and loaded.
    Author: Spank
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

  • 3978 bottles owned
  • 578 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 578 collectors)