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1988 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

1988 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

The color is a dark, dense ruby/purple. The nose of black currants, violets and oak explode from the glass. On the palate, the wine is rich and complex, offering up all the flavors suggested by the nose and adding additional nuances. The tannins are soft which make the wine seamless, supple and smooth.

Vintage Notes

Varietal:

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyards:

Kiona

Barrels:

French Oak, 30% New

Time in Barrel:

36 Months

Time in bottle before release:

24 months

Cases:

50

The Wine Advocate Review

"The just released 1988 Reserve Cabernet offers a huge nose of spicy, cedary cassis fruit, and dense, super-rich concentrated flavors with gorgeous texture, huge body, and an impeccable sense of balance. A superb Cabernet Sauvignon from start to finish, it should drink well for 20 or more years."
Robert M. Parker' Jr's, Wine Advocate, December 1993

Score: 90-93 Pts. Barrel Sample


1988 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage Notes

Varietal:

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyards:

Kiona, and Mercer Ranch (Champoux)

Barrels:

French Oak, 15% New

Time in Barrel:

22 Months

Time in bottle before release:

15 months

Case Production:

925




Paul Golitzin & Alex Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

The 1988 vintage marks a decade of Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignons! Consistent with all our previous vintages it is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is elegant and very approachable, with some hints of black cherry. On the finish it is full, rich, smooth and velvety.



The Wine Advocate Review

"It has plenty of richness, complexity and extract. Looking for a great American Cabernet Sauvignon? Quilceda Creek deserves to be considered by anyone with a conscientiously stocked wine cellar."
Robert M. Parker' Jr's, Wine Advocate

Score: 89-92 Pts. Barrel Sample

"The 1988 (Cabernet Sauvignon)is almost as promising as the 89. Although less extroverted, it has plenty of richness, complexity, and extract."
Robert M. Parker' Jr's, Wine Advocate, #69, June 1990

Score: 89-92 Pts. Barrel Sample


Wine Spectator Review

"Firm, ripe and concentrated, with a rich supple core of black cherry, currant, anise and oak that's sharply focused and tightly tannic. A young, intense, complex wine from a first-rate vintage. Drinkable now, but has the potential to gain through 2000. 1000 cases made."
Harvey Steiman, The Wine Spectator