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2009 Quilceda Creek Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2009 Quilceda Creek Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

The 2009 Quilceda Creek Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is from the Red Mountain AVA. The Galitzine Vineyard is a partnership between our family and the Holmes family of the highly acclaimed Ciel du Cheval Vineyard. This high-density vineyard (2074 plants/acre) was planted in 2001 and 2002 with Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon on windblown Hezel over Warden soils. These deep, consistent, sandy loam soils are ideal for root development, vine health and vineyard uniformity. The 2009 offers concentrated aromas and flavors of assorted black fruits, incense, soy, espresso and wood smoke. Aged in 100% new French Oak for 22 months, it is a blend of 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Merlot. This wine is a wonderful example of the Galitzine terroir and showcases what can be accomplished within the Red Mountain AVA. Drink now – 2029.

Vintage Notes


99% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Merlot


Galitzine Vineyard (Cabernet Sauvignon), Palengat Vineyard (Merlot)


100% New French Oak


August 2011

Wine Advocate Review

"It isn't surprising that the Golitzins served their 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Galitzine Vineyard after their flagship multi-source Cabernet, because this wine (which incidentally incorporates just 1% Merlot) is yet more dense, aggressively-concentrated, superficially sweet and, at the same time, evidently tannic, as a result of which opinions are more likely to divide over whether this pushes, in power and confection, beyond any given taster's ideal. Cassis and horehound candies, chocolate syrup, and espresso dominate. Yields here are small even by the winery's usual standards, notes Paul Golitzin, and much of the wine does malo in barrique, which conceivably explains the undeniably stronger sense of toasted and caramelized oak resin vis-a-vis its stable mates. He adds that heat units in this site are not notably different than in the Horse Heaven Hills sources of Quilceda Creek wine, and that after blending a comparable level of alcohol has been achieved. Still, there is an undeniably outsized and confectionary aspect here that at least accords with widespread assumptions about Red Mountain. This palate-staining, viscous, sweet elixir is likely to have at least a 15-20 year lifespan and I hope to be able to witness how it evolves."

David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate, WA #204, December, 2012

Score: 93 Pts.

International Wine Report Review

"$110; (includes 1% merlot): Bright medium ruby. Cassis aroma lifted by sandalwood. Densely packed and intense, with terrific energy to its chewy flavors of dark berries, licorice pastille and minerals. Less plush and harmonious today than the estate's flagship cabernet but this super concentrated wine (made from a yield of just 1.5 tons per acre, according to Paul Golitzin) boasts a serious tannic spine and great energy and length. Should be the best release for this bottling. It's blacker than the cabernet and less seamless today but I would not bet against this chewy bottling in the long run."

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Report, November/December, 2010

Score: 94+ Pts.