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1994 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

1994 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

There is a consensus among Washington winemakers that 1994 is a classic vintage. The harvest was early and hot with low yields, resulting in very ripe grapes with a great concentration of fruit. All of our vineyards were picked in a two week time span from mid to late September.

The 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon was produced in our highly acclaimed Reserve style, which is now the standard for Quilceda Creek. The wine has an impressive opaque purple color, an amazing intensity, great sweetness and an almost syrupy/viscous texture. It is packed with black fruits, smoke, Asian spices and Vanilla, with a layered finish that last over a minute.

Although delicious now, the wine will attain its plateau of maturity in 2002 and last for 30+ years . We feel it is the finest wine we have released to date.

Vintage Notes


100% Cabernet Sauvignon


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


100% New French Oak

Time in Barrel:

22 Months

Time in bottle before release:

14 months

Case Production:


International Wine Cellar Review

"Deep ruby-red. Aromatic nose of cassis, black cherry, red currant, coffee, tobacco and loam, plus a soupcon of smoky oak. Quite supple on the palate, with lovely red berry and tobacco flavors and a suave, claret-like texture. Rather large-framed and broad, but not yet filled in. Avoids the medicinal flavors and gritty evidence of over-extraction shown by so many Washington State red wines. Dusty, very even tannins coat the palate. Deceptively gentle today, but well worth aging."
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, #80, September/October 1998

Score: 90 Pts.

Wine Advocate Review

"The dark ruby-colored 1994 Quilceda Creek is an extraordinary wine that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as California’s top offerings. I recently served a bottle of it blind to Robert M. Parker, Jr. amidst wines from Dominus, Harlan Estate, Colgin, and others. While it did stand out as being different (it is much more Bordeaux-like than its California brethren) it was their qualitative equal. It offers deep and compelling aromas of red and black fruits, lead pencil, and traces of oak spices. This full-bodied, concentrated, and chewy wine is thick, dense, and gorgeously defined for such a massive wine. Its combination of power and elegance brought to mind the 1986 Margaux, one of the finest wines ever produced by that illustrious estate.

When I first tasted the 1994 Quilceda Creek at the estate in Snohomish, Golitzin was worried that it was too big and powerful. I found myself in the all-too-rare position of defending a wine’s qualities to the person who had made it! At a subsequent tasting, the wine had lost some of its youthful exuberance and Golitzin was enthused to see that it was gaining focus and elegance. This is truly magnificent wine, and it will age remarkably well. Drink it between 2004-2015+."
Pierre-Antoine Rovani, Robert M. Parker Jr.'s Wine Advocate, #119, October 1998

Score: 94+ Pts.

Wine Spectator Review

"Bright and flavorful, a generous mouthful of blueberry, blackberry and currant shaded with spicy oak notes on the persistent finish. Fine-grained tannins need cellaring; best from 2000 through 2005. 1,700 cases made."
Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

Score: 92 Pts.