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1999 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

1999 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

The ’99 Cabernet Sauvignon is an infusion of black plum and spicy blueberries laden with anise, smoke, and minerals. This wine is thick in extract with a wonderful syrupy texture displaying many layers of sweet lush fruit.

Vintage Notes

Varietal:

97% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Merlot

Vineyards:

Champoux, Ciel du Cheval, Klipsun, and Tapteil

Barrels:

100% New French Oak

Time in Barrel:

22 Months

Time in bottle before release:

9 months

Case Production:

2300

International Wine Cellar Review

"Full red-ruby. Highly nuanced nose combines sappy black raspberry, black cherry, spicy oak, loam and menthol, plus hints of meat and maple syrup. Offers a compelling combination of sweetness and grip. The lush palate is spicy but shapely and nicely delineated; not yet complex but already exudes lovely inner-mouth perfume. Very long, broad finish features substantial tannins that coats the entire mouth and dust the teeth. Shows the hint of austerity that promises a long and graceful evolution in bottle. Should rank among the best cabernets to date from this world-class producer."
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

Score: 93(+) Pts.


Wine Advocate Review

"Even better, the sumptuous 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark ruby-colored wine with mouth-watering aromas of highly expressive blackberries awash in toasted oak and roasting spices. Medium to full-bodied, thick, concentrated, and exquisitely balanced, this mouth-coating tour de force is densely packed with jammy black fruits and cassis liqueur. It combines elegance with power in a manner reminiscent of Chateaux Margaux's prodigious 1990. This velvety-textured wine is complete, with magnificent depth of fruit, a profound personality, and the requisite structure for long-term cellaring. Bravo!" Projected maturity: 2006-2020."
Pierre-Antoine Rovani, Robert M. Parker Jr.'s Wine Advocate

Score: 98 Pts.


Wine Spectator Review

"Consistently among the best Washington wines, this Cabernet keeps refining the quality to its present level of often-breathtaking depth and density. The 1999 is beautifully focused, firm in texture, with bay leaf-scented cherry and currant flavors that last and last on the chewy finish. Built for the cellar, this has intensity, length and depth. Best after 2003."
Harvey Steiman, The Wine Spectator,

Score: 94 Pts.