Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

2005 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Galitzine Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Quilceda Creek Vintners was founded in 1978 by Alex and Jeanette Golitzin. Alex Golitzin is a nephew of André Tchelistcheff, the legendary winemaker who put Beaulieu Vineyard at the forefront of Napa Valley Cabernet in the 1960s and 70s. He credits summer trips to visit his uncle in St. Helena, California with developing his early interest in wine. Alex’s son, Paul Golitzin is now chief winemaker at the winery.

Quilceda Creek Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon has earned some of the highest scores of any wine produced in the United States. The 2002, ’03, ’05, ’07 and ’14 vintages of the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon all scored 100-point ratings from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate. Additionally, the ’14 Galitzine received 100 points as well. Quilceda Creek also produces a Bordeaux blend from Palengat Vineyard and a Columbia Valley Red Wine. In recent years Quilceda Creek has reintroduced a Merlot and several single vineyard wines from Mach One Vineyard.

Galitzine Vineyard is situated on Red Mountain and was planted in 2001 and 2002.

Maroon in color. 14.9% ABV. Stunning nose of black and blue fruits, eucalyptus, Whitman Sampler Box and violets. Full bodied and well balanced. Big, rich and concentrated. Blueberries, cassis liqueur, black currants and tobacco leaves on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long with prominent silky tannins. Stunning Cabernet Sauvignon that lends credence to Quilceda Creek being the pinnacle of this variety in Washington State. Just now hitting it’s stride. Best over the next decade.

My rating: 97 points.

Quilceda Creek is best obtained via the mailing list and you may be able to find some at retail in late March or early April.

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