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2007 Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Wine

2007 Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Wine

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

The 2007 Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Wine displays the wonderful aromatic perfume of the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. In order to create the best wine we can from this site, we decided to drop the previous Cabernet Sauvignon and vineyard designation, allowing us greater flexibility with the wine's composition without restrictions. This vineyard was planted in 1997-2002 on deep, consistent, Sagehill series soil. It is located on an ideal south facing slope on Phinney Hill, right next to Champoux Vineyard, which is the source of most of the Cabernet Sauvignon for our flagship wine. This vineyard is managed by Paul Champoux and is 8.5 acres in size with 59% of the vines being high-density (2270 vines/acre). Having this many plants per acre fills in the mid-palate often missing from varietals such as Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This source allows us to make wines with these varietals that are dense, rich, full-bodied and complex. The wine showcases floral violet, plum, cassis and sun dried cherry fruit with complex layers of asphalt, smoked meat, Asian spices and vanilla bean. Aged in 100% new French oak for 22 months, it is a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Drink now – 2035.

Vintage Notes

Varietal:

74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot

Vineyards:

Palengat Vineyard

Barrels:

100% New French Oak

Bottled:

August 2009

Wine Advocate Review

"The 2007 Palengat Proprietary Red Wine is made up of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, with the balance Merlot and Petit Verdot. Deep purple in color, it delivers a captivating nose of olives, herbs, Asian spices, blackberry, and plum. Medium to full-bodied and elegant on the palate, it has outstanding volume and concentration, an opulent texture, and a suave personality. Already complex, it will continue to evolve with another 5-7 years of cellaring. Drink it from 2015 to 2027."
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, WA #190, December, 2010

Score: 94 Pts.