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2010 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

2010 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

We are pleased to announce the private release of the 2010 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley. The 2010 growing season started with bud break arriving on schedule in early April. Then, a cool, wet spring led to delayed flowering and reduced fruit set, resulting in naturally low yields. The cool summer produced dramatic differences between warmer and cooler sites throughout the state. Our vineyards are located in two of the hottest AVA's for this very reason. The result is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon. 2010 marks the 32nd vintage of Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon.

Winemaker Paul Golitzin describes the 2010 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley as having a rich, velvety mouth feel. It is filled with layers of dark chocolate covered black cherry, blackberry and plum fruit with exotic nuances of Tahitian vanilla bean, violet pastilles and Asian spices. Its seamless integration of all its component parts makes it approachable now, but will age effortlessly for 20+ years.

Vintage Notes

Varietal:

99% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Merlot

Vineyards:

Champoux, Galitzine, Klipsun, Palengat, and Taptiel

Barrels:

100% New French Oak

Time in Barrel:

22 Months

Bottled:

August 2012

Wine Advocate Review

Rich, backwards, structured and massively concentrated, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon comes mostly from the Champoux Vineyard (also from Galitzine, Klipsun, Palengat and Tapteil) and is comprised of 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Merlot that spent 22 months in all new French oak. Offering up plenty of crème de cassis, coffee bean, toasted spice, pencil shavings and violet-like qualities on the nose, it has palate staining levels of extract and tannin that come through on the mid-palate and finish. Gorgeously full-bodied, layered and textured, with perfect balance, this awesome Cabernet needs to be forgotten for 5-6 years and will have two to three decades of longevity. Drink 2018-2030.

This line up was one of the highlights of my trip through Washington and without a doubt, this awesome estate, which is run by Paul and Alex Golitzin, is producing some of the top Cabernet Sauvignon blends in the state, and I would venture, the world. While all of the wines are incredibly age-worthy, the tannins are so well managed and the textures so polished, they dish out immense pleasure even in their youth. The estate's top cuvee, Paul's Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes primarily from the warmer Champoux Vineyard located in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, yet also incorporates smaller components from Klipsun, Tapteil and Galitzine. It sees roughly 22 months in 100% new French oak.
Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, #207, June 2013

Score: 98+ Pts.