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2009 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

2009 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

Over the last ten years the Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon has received an average score of 98.8 points from Wine Advocate. No other wine in the world has ever achieved such consistently high accolades for Cabernet Sauvignon. Here is what the Wine Advocate has to say about the 2009 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon:

"They [the Golitzins] are considerably more excited by the 2009 vintage which they describe as 'wines with tons of aroma - really good' which, given their understated manner, I interpret to mean really terrific. For this tasting, the 2009's were all tasted from barrel samples. The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley might, in the long run, prove to be an even higher level [than the 2008 - 99 pts]. This beautifully proportioned, fragrant cabernet deftly combines elegance and power."
Barrel Sample: 99-100 pts.

Jay Miller, Wine Advocate #196, August 2011.

The 2009 growing season started with a one week late bud break, but the weather remained warm and veraison occurred on time. August and September were hot and dry, easily ripening the small, loose clusters. The berry diameter was incredibly small and all of the fruit was harvested at optimal physiological maturity.

Winemaker Paul Golitzin describes the resulting 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon as graced with layers of blackberry, plum and cassis fruit with complex floral nuances of violets, star anise, dark chocolate and Asian spices. The wine has an amazing texture and depth while maintaining great purity, elegance, and focus. Anticipated Maturity: 2015-2029.

Vintage Notes


98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot


Champoux, Klipsun, Palengat, and Tapteil


100% New French Oak

Time in Barrel:

22 Months


August 2011

Seattle Metropolitan Review

"When Quilceda Creek founder Alex Golitzin started the winery in 1978, finding locally produced fine wines meant a drive to Portland. While times have changed, Quilceda Creek continues to lead the way in the state, crafting wines densely packed with fruit and tannins that boast tremendous cellar potential - if you can keep your hands off them."
Seattle Metropolitan, September 2012

Score: 96 Pts.

Wine Advocate Review

"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot) is a ripe, flamboyant and brilliantly proportioned effort that oozes kirsch, licorice, lead pencil shavings and dried spice on the nose. Showing the perfume and headiness of the vintage, it nevertheless stays vibrant and lively on the palate while delivering layers of fruit and texture. While formidably structured and tannic, it can be enjoyed now due to the overall tannin quality and purity of fruit. It will evolve and drink well for over two decades. Drink now-2029."
Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, #207, June 2013

Score: 99 Pts.

Wine Advocate Review

"Incorporating a mere 2% of Merlot (from Palengat Vineyard) and dominated by fruit from Champoux, with strong assists from Red Mountain's Klipsun and Tapteil, Quilceda Creek's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon perpetuates the deeply toasted nuttiness, bittersweet herbal intensity, and above all chocolate and dark berry confiture familiar from its stable mates. But here there are liberal sprinklings of baking spices; headily decadent floral garlands; and high-toned suggestions of fruit distillate – kirsch, framboise, sloe – to add complexity and allure. As with the other Quilceda 2009s, torrefaction and richness are not purchased at the expense of vivacity, as this flagship cabernet positively courses with energy, leaving the tongue aquiver. The sheer palate-staining finishing intensity of berry concentrate brings some realization of the tannin underlying this powerful cabernet, but given how mouth-coating and sweetly rich it is, no obvious sense of grain let alone roughness can be detected. I suspect this will have two decade's solid aging potential."
David Schildknech, Wine Advocate, #204, December 2012

Score: 96 Pts.

Wine Spectator Review

"Pure and impressively expressive, with focused currant, plum, blackberry and black olive aromatics turning on the palate to a more complex profile, weaving in coffee, crème brûlée and chai tea notes, all wrapped in a polished texture. The finish doesn't want to quit. Best from 2015 through 2024. From Washington."
Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator Insider

Score: 96 Pts.

International Wine Cellar Review

"$135; (includes 2% merlot; 90% estate grown fruit from Champoux, the rest from Klipsun and Tapteil): Deep ruby-red. Black fruits, licorice and sandalwood on the nose. Offers uncanny sweetness and depth, not to mention great breadth of texture to the plush flavors of dark berries, chocolate and expensive oak. At once chewy and seamless cabernet, finishing extremely long and smooth, with big but thoroughly suave tannins."
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, November/December 2010

Score: 95 Pts.