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1997 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

1997 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

The 1997 vintage had almost identical heat units as the excellent 1989 vintage. There were no problems with severe winter weather or spring frosts and consequently we received all the grapes that we had planned for. However, because we are continuously striving to improve our wine with every vintage, we declassified 38% of the vintage into a red table wine, even though the quality of the declassified wine was such that we would have used it in previous vintages. This made this Cabernet Sauvignon truly excellent.

The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon has an unctuous black raspberry liqueur essence layered with the flavors and aromas of anise, smoke and minerals. This wine is deceiving because it is massively proportioned yet supple, a rare combination which we feel is the true hallmark of a great wine. This wine should cellar well for over 20 years.

Vintage Notes

Varietal:

89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Merlot

Vineyards:

Champoux, Klipsun, Ciel du Cheval, and Tapteil

Barrels:

100% New French Oak

Time in Barrel:

22 Months

Time in bottle before release:

10 months

Case Production:

1600

International Wine Cellar Review

"Claret-like aromas of blackcurrent, minerals, tar, mocha and tobacco, with a floral element I didn't pick up in the Champoux bottling. Lush and powerful, with sweeter fruit and more density than the Champoux cabernet. Has more middle-palate stuffing to support its chewy tannins."
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

Score: 90 Pts. Barrel Sample


Wine Advocate Review

"The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon was fashioned from 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc. It offers a boisterous rosemary and black fruit-scented nose. Bigger, broader, and chewier than the 1996, this medium to full bodied wine is packed with black fruits, spices and hints of tar. It is masculine, concentrated, and in need of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020."
Pierre-Antoine Rovani, Robert M. Parker Jr.'s Wine Advocate

Score: 94 Pts.


1997 Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

1997 was an extremely important year for Quilceda Creek since it was the year that we purchased a portion of the truly fabulous Mercer Ranch Vineyard. It was renamed Champoux Vineyard in honor of our friend, partner and manager, Paul Champoux. This purchase has given us a secure source of Cabernet Sauvignon from vines that are 10 to 20 years old. We can continue the viticultural practices of controlling our quest of increasing wine quality. We have been using grapes from the vineyard since 1986.

In celebration of this purchase we are releasing the 1997 Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. This offering can best be described with one word - "Finesse". This wine has the aromas and flavors of red and black fruits intermingled with violets, vanilla bean, tobacco and Asian spices. All these elements come together in perfect harmony in this single vineyard, velvety textured wine.

Vintage Notes

Winemakers:

Alex Golitzin, Paul Golitzin, Marv Crum

Varietal:

98% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Merlot

Vineyards:

Champoux, Ciel du Cheval

Barrels:

100% New French Oak

Time in Barrel:

22 Months

Time in bottle before release:

9 months

Case Production:

250




Wine Advocate Review

"In 1997 the Golitzin’s purchased a parcel of the Champoux Vineyard. As with the majority of Washington state producers, the Golitzins must purchase fruit from growers, as they have not previously owned any vineyards. However, many of the top estates, including Andrew Will, Leonetti, and others, are now acquiring tracts of land and planting vineyards. The medium to dark ruby-colored 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Champoux Vineyard displays creamy, sweet, Connecticut white corn, and black cherry aromas. Medium to full bodied and satin-textured, it is an intense, blackberry and dark cherry flavored wine. This expressive, flavorful offering has outstanding follow-through from its attack to its long, seamless, and focused finish. Anticipated maturity: now-2008. While it was bottled as a single vineyard to inaugurate the Golitzin’s acquisition, they don not plan to ever again produce another single vineyard bottling."
Pierre-Antoine Rovani, Robert M. Parker Jr.'s Wine Advocate

Score: 91 Pts.