Quilceda Creek Vinters
Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Wine

2014 Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Wine


Vintage Notes:

Varietals: 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc

Vineyards:  Champoux Vineyard, Palengat Vineyard, Lake Wallula Vineyard, Wallula Gap Vineyard

Barrels: 100% new French Oak
Bottled: June 2016



Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

The 2014 Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Wine was sourced from Champoux, Palengat, Lake Wallula and Wallula Gap Vineyards which are located in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. This highly expressive blend has violet infused plum and crème de cassis fruit that coats the entire palate with accents of five spice powder, black truffles, vanilla and minerals. Aged for 21 months in new French oak, it is a blend of 73% cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc.


Wine Advocate Review

"The sensational 2014 Palengat Vineyard is loaded with notions of chocolate covered plums, licorice, roasted herbs, and graphite/lead pencil shavings. Up there with the top vintages of the cuvee, this full-bodied, rounded and hedonistic 2014 shines in the vintage, has no hard edges, gorgeous purity, and plenty of ripe, sweet tannin. It's a serious mouthful of a Cabernet and will drink nicely for 10-15 years."
Score: 96 Pts.

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, WA #231, June, 2017



Washington Wine Blog Review

"This is a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. This vintage has utilized considerably less Merlot than the previous vintage. The is entirely sourced from the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. The aromatics are dense and somewhat spicy showing spicebox, anise, creme de cassis, coffee grounds and cayenne pepper. The heady aromas bring you back to the glass for more. The mouthfeel is voluptuous and intense. Creme de cassis, anise, coffee grounds, candied red cherry and hints of pipe tobacco flavors persist. The red wine is showing its masculine side as the Cabernet component is stealing the show at the moment. Tannins are moderate at this juncture and you can get a touch of herbaceousness from the Cabernet Franc towards the back end. This excellent red wine will cellar marvelously for a decade or more. Drink 2017-2030"
Score: 95 pts

Owen Bargreen, Washington Wine Blog



Vinous Review

"Bright red-ruby; not hugely saturated. Alluring, high-toned aromas of cassis, boysenberry and gingerbread spices. Suave and fine-grained, offering a lovely balance of sweetness of berry fruit and harmonious acidity; uncommonly complex, as the ripeness ranges from lightly herbal to nearly overripe without crossing either line. This plush, broad wine really vibrates on the long, subtle, slowly building finish, which features fine-grained tannins."
Score: 94 pts

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, October 2017