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2004 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Merlot

2004 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Merlot

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

This wine displays many layers of flavors and a complexity rarely seen in New World Merlot. Lush red and black fruits, licorice, spice and smoke describe this unctuous wine. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.

Vintage Notes


88% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc


Champoux, Tapteil


100% New French Oak

Time in Barrel:

22 months


July 2006

Case Production:

400 cases

International Wine Cellar Review

"($72; contains 12.5% Cabernet Franc) Good saturated medium ruby. Very sexy aromas of blackberry, cassis, black truffle, cocoa powder and smoked meat (very Taransaud!). Fat, lush and rich; a compellingly full Washington State merlot with uncanny thickness to its flavor of sweet black raspberry. Finishes with lush, broad tannins and lovely length."
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, November/December 2007

Score: 93 Pts.

Wine Advocate Review

"The 2004 Merlot includes 12% Cabernet Franc in the blend and was sourced from the Champoux and Tapteil Vineyards. The wine was aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak. Purple-colored, it has a splendid perfume of pain grille, spice box, cranberry, red and black currants, and red licorice. This is followed by a lush Merlot that offers layers of sweet fruit, complex flavors, light tannins, and a sense of sophistication. This superb Merlot can be enjoyed now but will add complexity and fill out with another 5-6 years in the cellar. It should provide pleasure through 2024."
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, August, 2007

Score: 94 Pts.