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2005 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

2005 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

The Columbia Valley's growing seasons are remarkably consistent, but 2005 was exceptional. Summer temperatures were quite warm resulting in extremely small berry size, and then the heat backed off just enough in September to ripen the grapes without rushing physiological maturity. The results are deeply colored, beautifully balanced wines with tremendously dense, ripe aromas and flavors.

The 2005 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley (97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot) is loaded with blackberry, blueberry, plum and cassis with nuances of dark chocolate and violets. Classically structured, this complex wine has remarkable elegance and persistence on the long, pure finish. Approachable now, it should reach maturity around 2012 and age for 25 or more years. While we are particularly proud of the last three vintages of our flagship wine, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon easily rivals them as one of the best wines our estate has ever produced.

Vintage Notes


97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot


Champoux, Klipsun, and Tapteil


100% New French Oak

Time in Barrel:

22 Months


August 2007

International Wine Cellar Review

"Saturated deep ruby. Brooding, backward nose hints at deep black plum, cassis, graphite and nutty, spicy oak. Fat, sweet and super concentrated, with an almost citric suggestion of acidity and chewy dry extract contributing to the impression of structure. Wonderfully bright for such a ripe wine, and explosively long on the aftertaste. Along with its considerable power, this promises to deliver great class in an almost Medoc-like way."
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, November/December 2007

Score: 94-97 Pts.

Wine Advocate Review

"The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon contains 3% Merlot. The principal component comes from the Champoux Vineyard (in which the winery is a partner) with contributions from the Klipsun and Tapteil Vineyards, outstanding in their own right. It, too, was aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it has a splendid perfume of violets, wood smoke, truffle, Asian spices, black cherry, and black currant preserves. Opulent and mouth-coating, the layers of complex flavors nearly hide enough tannin to support 8-10 years of additional cellaring. The oak, tannin, and acidity are beautifully integrated and the lengthy finish lasts for well over a minute. Purchasers no doubt will want to try a bottle immediately but this towering effort will not reach its peak until 2015 at the earliest and provide pleasure through 2040. I say this with confidence because a 1983 Quilceda Creek Cabernet tasted in May 2008 is at its peak now and should carry on for another 10-15 years.

Quilceda Creek Vintners remains a model of consistency. In the outstanding 2005 vintage, Quilceda Creek's Cabernet Sauvignon remains the benchmark for what can be achieved in Washington and the United States. Some good news from the winery is that beginning with the 2006 vintage, there will be a new vineyard designate, a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Palengat Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. The vines are only 7 years old but the potential is enormous as a taste from barrel attests."
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, June 2008

Score: 100 Pts.

Wine Advocate Review

"I was able to retaste the 2001, 2002, and 2003 vintages [n.b. – rated 98+, 100 and 100 pts respectively] and can only say that Monsieur Rovani's notes and scores are right on the bulls-eye. The Golitzins describe 2005 as a "dream vintage." Their 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon has been bottled and appears to be even better than its 2004 sibling [n.b. - rated 99 pts] and at least as good as the 2002 and 2003. No doubt collectors will debate the merits of 2001 – 2005 for decades to come."
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, #172, August 2007

Wine Advocate Review

"From a hot vintage and incredible any way you look at it, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon has that laser-like focus of a cooler year, yet the voluptuousness and richness of a warmer year. Smoked black fruits, coffee, truffle and pen ink-like aromas and flavors all emerge from this massive, incredibly full-bodied effort and on the palate, it carries itself perfectly with a weightless, yet decadent texture, masses of polished tannin and blockbuster length. More classic and textbook than the 2007, it is every bit as good. Enjoy it over the coming two decades or more. Drink now-2033. "
Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, #207, June 2013

Score: 100 Pts.