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2008 Quilceda Creek - Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

UNITED STATES / WASHINGTON /
abv 15.2%
  • 98 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 202233-2008
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    (cabernet sauvignon blended with 2% merlot): Good full red-ruby. Complex, slightly high-toned aromas of plum and brown sugar. Wonderfully sweet but firmly built; dense, smooth and complex, with the terrific definition of the 2008 vintage at its best. A hint of nutty ripeness is countered by a lively suggestion of eucalyptus. This is harmonious from day one. Comes across as less sweet than the Palengat, finishing with great length and breadth but no undue weight, and spreading out to coat the mouth with flavor.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2011
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Firm in texture, with sandy tannins around a supple core of ripe, plush cherry, tobacco and tar flavors. Finishes with persistence and flashes of sage and bay leaf. Long and inviting, this is built for the cellar.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    The 2008 Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon contains 1% Merlot. It proffers a brooding aromatic array of toasty oak, Asian spices, incense, a hint of sage, violets, and assorted black fruits. More structured than the preceding wines, |No doubting it's Red Mountains| say the Golitzins, it has plenty of ripe tannin more than balanced by loads of succulent fruit, exceptional density, richness and power. Give it 5-6 years and drink it from 2016 to 2033.
    Author: Jay Miller
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Drink Dates: 2014-2025
    Author: David 429
  • Self | Rating:

    Excellent
    Author: oreo
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Garnet hued, with elegant, but firm fragrances of eucalyptus,leather and pencil lead. Mouthfeel is smooth, inviting the palate to the taste of currants, basil and bittersweet chocolate. To say the wine is a work of art is a just compliment, as it clearly conveys a life and character on which memories of great wine experiences are built.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2024
    Author: OCKevin
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Very tasty. Not sure if outstanding, but very good.
    Author: Charley
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Young, but drinking well now. One of the favorites at our recent tasting. It is smooth,well integrated and elegant.
    Author: Jeffrey M989
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

  • 1821 bottles owned
  • 247 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 247 collectors)