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1995 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

1995 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

The 1995 vintage was a late one, with the first grapes beginning harvested on September 17 and the last of the Cabernet Sauvignon coming in on October 22. Cool summers are not a problem in eastern Washington because the Cascade Mountains hold back the Fall Pacific storms, allowing us to leave the grapes on the vines until they are totally physiologically mature.

The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon is a hedonistic blend of black cherries, cedar, chocolate and spice. The addition of 11% Merlot gives the wine a beautiful complex aroma and a great depth of flavor, with the Merlot fruit layered on top of the density and textural elements of the Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is really delicious now, yet has the structure to age beautifully in your cellar for a good 25 years.

Vintage Notes

Varietal:

89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Merlot

Vineyards:

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

Barrels:

100% New French Oak

Time in Barrel:

22 Months

Time in bottle before release:

13 months

Case Production:

2250

International Wine Cellar Review

"Deep ruby-red. More expressive aromas of cassis, mocha, Worcestershire sauce, flowers, and Cuban tobacco. Rich and fresh but rather closed today. A medium-bodied, very nicely balanced wine with lovely restrained sweetness. Firm acids give the wine a firm structure. Should be slow to evolve."
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

Score: 90 Pts.


Wine Advocate Review

"Alexander Golitzin, known by everyone as either Al or Alex, is actually His Royal Highness, Prince Alexander. A former engineer for Scott Paper, an important member of Russian royalty, he is also one of the world's finest winemakers. His Cabernet Sauvignons are the most complex and ageworthy wines I have encountered from Washington state, often reminiscent of those from Chateau Margaux. They combine power with elegance, depth with finesse, and concentration with focus.

Since the founding fathers of Washington State's fine wine industry are still hard at work, we have few examples of generational transitions. Golitzen's son, Paul, however, is extremely bright, dedicated, and appears to have learned well at his father's side. Alexander Golitzen credits his son with much of the recent progress at Quilceda Creek and seems convinced that the winery will reach hew heights under Paul's guidance.

The dark ruby-colored 1995 Quilceda Creek contains 12% Merlot, a high figure for this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated wine. It reveals an expressive, ripe, and viol-laced nose as well as wonderful layers of blackberry, red currant, cassis, and floral flavors. This medium-to-full-bodied, elegant and refined wine is intensely concentrated and flavorful, but certainly not on the level of the blockbuster 1994. In its youth this silky-textured wine is quintessential Golitzin, polished, precise, focused, and gracefully exhibiting highly-defined sweet fruit. It is certainly ageworthy, but I predict it will attain its peak of maturity earlier than its older sibling. Projected maturity: 2003-2010+ Bravo!"
Pierre-Antoine Rovani, Robert M. Parker Jr.'s Wine Advocate, #119, October 1998

Score: 92 Pts.


Wine Spectator Review

"Firm and chewy, a solid wine with appealing blackberry, plum and currant flavors poking through the thin veil of tannins draped over the finish. Flavors linger impressively. Best from 2000 through 2005. 2,250 cases made."
Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, #119

Score: 92 Pts.