2009 Quilceda Creek CVR® Columbia Valley Red Wine
Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:
The 2009 Quilceda Creek "CVR" Columbia Valley Red Wine is a blend of declassified lots from an extraordinary vintage. The resulting wine displays savory black cherry fruit, marzipan, roasted herbs, minerals and smoke. Approachable now, this blend will best be enjoyed over the next 15 years.
81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec
Champoux, Discovery, Galitzine, Klipsun, Palengat, and Tapteil
100% French Oak
Wine Advocate Review
"Quilceda Creek's 2009 Red Wine – which includes 15% of Merlot and near-negligible amounts of Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc – nicely integrates preserved walnut, toasted pecan, and green herbal elements into a matrix of cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, and confitured dark berries. There is a hint of heat to the finish of this plush, plump offering, but neither that nor the wine's torrefied elements detract from a torrent of sweet berry juiciness, nor preclude a sense of energy and a dynamic interaction of myriad elements. I suspect, based on intuition as well as reliable reports – although I have scarcely any personal experience as yet with older Quilceda Creek wines – that this will remain well worth following for at least a decade."
David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate, WA #204, December, 2012
International Wine Report Review
"$36; (Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot): Good deep ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of berries, chocolate and sexy spices; verging on exotic. Fat and sweet, with plenty of depth and a hint of surmaturite to the fruit and sandalwood flavors. Finishes with very suave, dusty, chocolatey tannins, a note of graphite and showy new oak. This very ripe, plump wine will offer plenty of early appeal."
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Report, November/December, 2010