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1998 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Merlot

1998 Quilceda Creek Merlot

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

The 1998 vintage had almost identical heat units as the excellent 1994 vintage. There were no problems with severe winter weather or spring frosts. The summer weather was scorchingly hot at times, resulting in very ripe Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

The 1998 Merlot displays deep plum and black cherry fruit with nuances of Asian spice, smoke, dark chocolate and roasted herbs. The flavors are backed up by big, ripe tannins. The finish is long and firm. This wine should achieve its plateau of maturity in about five years and hold for at least 20 years from the vintage date, showing that from the right vineyards and with the right winemaking Washington can produce ageable Merlot that can rival the best from anywhere in the world.

Vintage Notes


80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon




100% New French Oak

Time in Barrel:

20 months

Time in bottle:

9 months

Case Production:

225 cases

International Wine Cellar Review

"Deep ruby. Complex, vibrant aromas of blackberry, cassis, minerals, cocoa powder and tar; conveys a strong torrefaction character. Dense and layered; deeper and riper than the '97 version but the wine's sweetness is subtle and restrained. Boasts excellent backbone for aging. Finishes firm and long, with a late flavor of dark chocolate. Should make a superb merlot."
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

Score: 90-92 Pts. Barrel Sample