2005 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red Wine
Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:
The 2005 Columbia Valley Red Wine is an excellent Bordeaux blend (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot) representative of our declassification program which began with the 1997 vintage. This wine reflects the richness and complexity of the vintage and ranks as one of our favorite Red Wine offerings to date. Aged in predominantly new French oak for 22 months, this medium-bodied wine displays black cherry fruit, anise, marzipan, dried herbs and minerals. Approachable now, it will be best enjoyed over the next 15 years.
84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9%, Cabernet Franc, and 7% Merlot
Champoux, Ciel du Cheval, Galitzine, Klipsun, and Tapteil
100% French Oak
Time in Barrel:
Wine Advocate Review
"The 2005 Red Wine is the winery's second label for declassified lots. It consists of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Merlot. Purple-colored, it reveals an expressive bouquet of cedar, pencil lead, spice box, black currant, and blackberry. This is followed by a full-bodied, plush wine with ample ripe tannins and layers of sweet fruit. The wine has serious weight, excellent length, and will profit from several years of additional cellaring. It should be at its best from 2011 through 2020. The wine is true to the house style and is a superb value."
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, June, 2008