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Quilceda Creek 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Offer

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The long awaited offer for the 2010 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon arrived today!

The most notable item in the release is that Quilceda Creek held the line on pricing. Personally, I think this was a great move on their part (I had previously blogged about this in An Open Letter to Quilceda Creek Winery). The information regarding Champoux Vineyard is also intriguing. I wonder is this will be a 3rd Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon joining the Galitzine and Palengat. If you are on the mailing list consider visiting the winery for their open house the weekend of 3/16-3/17. This is always a great opportunity to try the new wines.

Here’s the offer letter:

We are pleased to announce the private release of the 2010 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley.  The 2010 growing season started with bud break arriving on schedule in early April. Then a cool, wet spring led to delayed flowering and reduced fruit set, resulting in naturally low yields.  The cool summer produced dramatic differences between warmer and cooler sites throughout the state. Our vineyards are located in two of the hottest AVA’s for this very reason. The result is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon.  2010 marks the 32nd vintage of Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon.

Winemaker Paul Golitzin describes the 2010 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley as having a rich, velvety mouth feel.  It is filled with layers of dark chocolate covered black cherry, blackberry and plum fruit with exotic nuances of Tahitian vanilla bean, violet pastilles  and Asian spices.  Its seamless integration of all its component parts makes it approachable now, but will age effortlessly for 20+ years.  Private Member Price: $135.00/750 mL bottle, $297.00/1.5L bottle.

When you place your secure order, you have the option of picking up your wine.  Our facility is not open to the public.  As a private member you and one guest will have the opportunity to taste the current release, meet with family members, and have some wonderful appetizers paired with the wines. The dates are Saturday, March 16th and Sunday, March 17th, 2013 from 10am to 5pm both days.

News from Champoux Vineyard

As many of you know, Quilceda Creek has been an owner of the world famous Champoux Vineyard in Alderdale, Washington since 1997. This spring we planted 62 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon by removing 27 acres of Riesling and a freeze damaged block of Cabernet.  This higher density planting of1210 vines per acre (versus the previous plantings which were 726 vines/acre) will allow for precision viticulture.

I don’t have much more to add, but I’m curious: What do you think? Are you a buyer?

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3 thoughts on “Quilceda Creek 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Offer

  1. Not on the list but I would buy. I hope that they stay at $135. Much more than that and I start to look else where before I buy.

  2. I buy their other offerings but not the BIG one. It’s just too steep a price for a bottle of wine for me. It will be interesting to see what they do with the Champoux fruit. If they do make a single vineyard wine there will be many comparisons of that and the several other wines made from that site; quality and price will be will be fun to watch between QC and other wineries.

    1. They previously made a Champoux Vineyard Cabernet with the ’97 vintage. I like the fact that they only make 4 wines right now. I’d be a little torn if they made another single vineyard Cabernet.

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