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1998 Quilceda Creek CVR Columbia Valley Red Wine

1998 Quilceda Creek Red Table Wine

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

The Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red Wine is a blend of lots from young vineyards. The Cabernet Sauvignon is from an established vineyard that did not meet our increasingly stringent requirements for our Cabernet and Cabernet Franc. The Merlot grapes are from old vineyards that were in excess of what we wanted to blend into our ultra-premium wines.

The 1998 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red Wine has a complex range of flavors from black cherry and minerals to vanilla bean, smoke and sage. It is a medium to full-bodied wine with a lovely texture and sweetness to the fruit. Drink it over the next 5-10 years.

Vintage Notes

Varietal:

72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 13% Cabernet Franc

Vineyards:

Ciel Du Cheval, Kiona, and Klipsun

Barrels:

100% French Oak

Time in Barrel:

22 months

Time in bottle:

14 months

International Wine Cellar Review

"Fell deep red. Black plum, game, licorice and menthol on the nose; faintly syrupy suggestions of super ripeness. Smooth and fat on entry, then fairly dense in the middle, with floral, mineral and menthol notes. Comes across as slightly green and disjointed, but has size and length. Finishes with firm, slightly dry tannins."
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, #98, September/October, 2001

Score: 88 Pts.