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1997 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Merlot

1997 Quilceda Creek Merlot

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

We are delighted to offer the 1997 Merlot. The Merlot fruit for this wine comes from the renowned Ciel du Cheval and Klipsun vineyards in the Red Mountain area. This Merlot has a classic spice rack nose and intense flavors of black cherry and plum fruit interlaced with Valrhona chocolate and minerals. The wine has excellent structure and grip and is an excellent candidate for your cellar.

Vintage Notes


77% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc


Ciel du Cheval, Klipsun


100% New French Oak

Time in Barrel:

22 months

Time in bottle:

9 months

Case Production:

200 cases

International Wine Cellar Review

"Good full ruby. Aromatic, rather oaky aromas of black raspberry, blackberry and bitter chocolate, plus a cooler herbal nuance. Lush and thick and quite dry, with penetrating blackberry and menthol flavors. Rather clenched today and dominated by its acidity. Finishes with substantial, oak-enhanced tannins.

Full ruby-red. Rather oaky aromas of currant, smoke, cedar and menthol. Lush but quite dry in the mouth, with black fruit and oak flavors. Still grapey and rather unevolved, with solid structure for aging. Finishes with building, tongue-dusting tannins. Not currently displaying the sweetness or density it showed from barrel a year ago."
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

Score: 88+ Pts. Barrel Sample

Wine Advocate Review

"While Quilceda Creek is dedicated primarily to the production of Cabernet Sauvignon, it also produces small quantities (around 250 cases) of Merlot (which includes 24% of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend.) The medium to dark ruby/mahogany-colored 1997 Merlot was predominately made from fruit purchased from the Klipsun Vineyard. Warm, dark spicy fruits, fresh herbs, and hints of Italian tomatoes can be discerned in its aromatics. Medium to full-bodied and velvety-textured, it is an embracing wine, packed with blackberries and cassis. It has excellent concentration, as well as a supple attack in mid-palate. The firm finish suggests cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2010+."
Pierre-Antoine Rovani, Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

Score: 89 Pts.