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2009 Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Wine

2009 Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Wine

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

The 2009 Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Wine displays the wonderful aromatic perfume of the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. Planted in 1997-2002 on deep, consistent, Sagehill series soil, the Palengat Vineyard is family-owned. It is located on an ideal south facing slope on Phinny Hill, right next to the world famous Champoux Vineyard. Palengat 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 vines per acre fills in the mid-palate often missing from varietals such as Cabernet Franc. The wine showcases floral violet, pain grille and blackberry blossoms hovering above a deep, rich, decadent core of black currant, blackberry, fig and plum fruit infused with Asian spices. Aged in 100% new French oak for 22 months, it is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Merlot. Drink now – 2026.

Vintage Notes


86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot


Palengat Vineyard


100% New French Oak


August 2011

Wine Advocate Review

"From a site adjacent to the Champoux and Phinny Hill Vineyards, the Quilceda Creek 2009 Palengat Proprietary Red Wine incorporates 8% Cabernet Franc and 6% Merlot with its Cabernet Sauvignon. (The inaugural 2006 vintage was labeled "Cabernet Sauvignon.") Bittersweet herbs and roasted nuttiness – suggesting walnut, hickory, and pecan – along with piquancy of fruit pit offer counterpoint to dominate themes of confitured cassis and mulberry, cocoa powder, and honey in a wine that's liqueur-like and torrefied, yet preserves the same uncanny sense of primary juiciness displayed by other wines in the present distinguished collection. As it takes on air, a greater sense of complexity and animation emerges vis-a-vis the corresponding generic bottling. This wine's prodigious strength is in its sheer richness, depth, and reach, but it also incorporates a saliva-liberating salinity equally essential in guaranteeing that something this sweetly ripe and full-bodied doesn't tire the taster, but instead compels repeated sips. I'm confident it harbors at least a dozen years of impressive potential."
David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate, WA #204, December, 2012

Score: 94 Pts.

International Wine Report Review

"$90; (15.2% alcohol; 86% cabernet sauvignon, 18% cabernet franc and 6% merlot): Good full ruby. Aromas of black currant and licorice. Rich, deep and concentrated, with an almost Kahlua-like liqueur quality to its dense, exotic flavors of cassis, dark chocolate, mocha and orange peel. Very rich blend with an impressively long finish featuring fine tannins and hints of licorice pastille, dark berries, sexy Taransaud spices and black walnut. From vines planted at 3 x 6 feet, according to Paul Golitzin, "about as dense as it gets in this state." (Incidentally, 2006 was Quilceda Creek's last merlot bottling; that fruit is now in the Palengat.)"
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Report, November/December, 2010

Score: 93 Pts.