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1992 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

1992 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

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

The 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon has blackberry and currant fruit with shades of vanilla and spice in a medium bodied format.

Vintage Notes

Varietal:

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyards:

Ciel du Cheval, Kiona, Klipsun, and Mercer Ranch (Champoux)

Barrels:

French Á American Oak

Time in Barrel:

22 Months

Time in bottle before release:

14 months

Case Production:

950

International Wine Cellar Review

"Black fruit and shoe polish aromas. Intensely flavored, vibrant crushed berry fruit is almost painfully vivid today, with bracing acidity giving the wine razor-sharp focus. But this is dense and ripe, with great purity of fruit and hidden density. A real fruit bomb which can be enjoyed now but probably should be cellared for several years."
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, #65, March/April 1996

Score: 92 Pts.


The Wine Spectator Review

"Dense, rich and dynamic, packed with mouth-filling blackberry, currant and blueberry flavors that are supported by hints of anise and sweet spices. A glorious melange of flavors that shows both substance and subtlety. Needs until 2002 to 2005. 950 cases made."
Cellar Selections, The Wine Spectator

"Washington has been making some great Cabernets, most of them spicy, oak-elevated style. Not Quilceda Creek, which packs its dense, sturdy wines with breathtakingly pure fruit flavors. 950 cases made."
The TOP 100, The Wine Spectator, #119, October 1998


1992 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

The 1992 Reserve has blackberry, black cherry, coffee and tobacco aromas and flavors. It is an elegant full bodied wine with firm but well integrated tannins.

Vintage Notes

Varietal:

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyards:

Kiona and Mercer Ranch (Champoux)

Barrels:

100% New French Oak

Time in Barrel:

22 Months

Time in bottle before release:

14 months

Case Production:

150




International Wine Cellar Review

"Ruby-red. Fabulous, very ripe aromas of black cherry, lead pencil, mint, herbs and toast. Thick, dense fruit is less expressive than the above (1992 Cabernet Sauvignon), but there is even more size and fat here, and the same improbable focus. Finishes with terrific grip and urgent, explosive black fruit flavor. As with the above (1992 Cabernet Sauvignon), the firm tannins are buried in fruit. This estate must be considered among the handful of America’s elite cabernet producers."
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, #65, March/April 1996

Score: 93(+) Pts.


The Wine Spectator Review

"Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from Washington is a monumental wine possessing loads of fruit, tannic support and personality. Its 95-point rating, $49.00 price tag and 150-case production will undoubtedly garner this block-buster cult status. Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Reserves spills over with wild berry and currant flavors, formidable enough to rate 95 point, the top wine in this report.

A titanic wine, packed with flavor and built to age gracefully. Firm and chewy at first, it bristles with blackberry, black cherry and coffee flavors that build up momentum through the sold finish. Tannins are firm, but integrated. Best to age until 2000 or 2003. 150 cases made."
Harvey Steiman, The Wine Spectator, September 1995

Score: 95 Pts. Highly recommended