2004 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red Wine
Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:
The 2004 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red Wine has red cherry fruit, chocolate, herbs, smoke and vanilla presented in a medium-bodied format. This has benefited as we have gotten stricter with our selections that go into our Cabernet Sauvignons. It is one of the best versions to date and should be consumed over the next 5-7 years.
81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Merlot
Champoux, Ciel du Cheval, Galitzine, Klipsun, and Tapteil
100% French Oak
Time in Barrel:
International Wine Cellar Review
"($35; 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and 6% Merlot) Good deep ruby-red. Sexy aromas of plum, chocolaty oak and spicecake. Suave, fat and sweet, with a lovely layered texture to the plum and milk chocolate flavors. Very harmonious use of oak here."
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, November/December, 2007
Wine Advocate Review
"The Golitzins describe 2004 as "difficult." There was a winter freeze (which wiped out much of the production in nearby Walla Walla Valley), more wine was declassified than normal, and it was a high yield vintage. Nevertheless, the beat went on at Quilceda Creek. The 2004 Red Wine is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Merlot from declassified fruit and may be considered a second label. Purple-colored, it gives up a toasty nose of vanilla, violets, cassis, black currants, and blackberry. This leads to a rich, layered, black fruit-flavored, and smoothly textured wine that offers considerable elegance. There is enough ripe tannin to support 3-4 years of further evolution and it should drink well through 2022. It is an excellent introduction to the style of Quilceda Creek."
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, #172, August, 2007