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1998 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

1998 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

The 1998 vintage was the sixth hottest in the 46 years that records have been kept in eastern Washington. This resulted in ultra ripe fruit with fully ripe soft tannins and full fruit expression. In spite of excellent grapes we still declassified 30% of the vintage into a red table wine in order to maximize the quality of our Cabernet.

Vintage Notes


97% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Cabernet Franc


Champoux, Klipsun, and Tapteil


100% New French Oak

Time in Barrel:

22 Months

Time in bottle before release:

9 months

Case Production:


International Wine Cellar Review

"Bright ruby color. Floral, minerally nose combines cassis, blackberry, bitter chocolate and pungent oak. Thick, rich and very concentrated, with a flavor of chocolate-covered plum. Lovely combination of lush texture and firm underlying spine; lively acids give the fruit impressive purity. Finishes very long and subtle, with suaver tannins than this winery's '97 cabernets. Offers compelling sweetness without losing its freshness or balance."
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

Score: 91-93 Pts. Barrel Sample

Wine Advocate Review

"Blackberry jam, juniper berries, and spices can be found in the rich aromatics of the stunning, dark-colored 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon. A wine of awesome breadth, width, concentration, and power, this full-bodied beauty is crammed with lush layers of blackberries, plums, and cassis. This offering's prodigious fruit envelopes its copious silky tannins. Additionally, it displays an extraordinarily long finish. Drink it between 2005 and 2016."
Pierre-Antoine Rovani, Robert M. Parker Jr.'s Wine Advocate

Score: 96 Pts.

Wine Spectator Review

"Alex Golitzin has been making one of Washington's most powerful and profound Cabernets since 1979, the early days of modern Washington wine history. Until recently, however, the cascades of flavor came with swarms of rough tannins. This vintage marks a turning point. By fine-tuning its vineyard sources and winemaking, Quilceda Creek has managed to keep all the flavor and style while polishing the tannins. This wine is dense, deep and powerful, a many-layered red that piles on its rich currant, plum, black cherry and peppery spice flavors, finishing with touches of cedar and mint. A glorious, cellar-worthy Cabernet with plenty of super refined tannins. Best from 2004 through 2015."
Harvey Steiman, The Wine Spectator,

Score: 94 Pts.