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2010 Quilceda Creek Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 Quilceda Creek Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

The 2010 Quilceda Creek Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is from the Red Mountain A.V.A. The Galitzine Vineyard is a partnership between our family and the Holmes family of the highly acclaimed Ciel du Cheval Vineyard. This 17.5 acre, 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 2010 offers incredible depth of aromas and flavors of blackberry and cassis fruit, violets, anise, sage, smoky cedar-wood embers, tobacco, vanilla bean and minerals. Aged in 100% new French Oak for 22 months, it is a blend from two of our family owned vineyards. It is 98% Cabernet Sauvignon from Galitzine Vineyard and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon from Palengat Vineyard for additional complexity and aromatic lift. This wine is a wonderful example of Galitzine Vineyard terrior, showing what can be accomplished in the Red Mountain A.V.A. Drink now – 2030.

Vintage Notes


98% Galitzine Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Palengat Cabernet Sauvignon


Galitzine Vineyard, Palengat Vineyard


100% New French Oak


August 2012

Wine Advocate Review

"Even more concentrated, structured and dense than the Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Galitzine Vineyard (99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Merlot[sic] all from the Red Mountain AVA) delivers an incredible array of black currant, dark chocolate, cedar, tobacco and assorted spring flower-like nuances that give way to a massively concentrated, tannic and structured 2010 that has brilliant mid-palate depth, integrated acidity and a pure, detailed and energetic texture that carries through the finish. As with the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, this is more fun to taste than to drink presently and needs 5-6 years or more of bottle age to round into form. It too will have two to three decades or more of ultimate longevity. Drink 2018-2035.

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 Ciel du Cheval, Klipsun, Tapteil and Galitzine. It sees roughly 22 months in 100% new French oak."

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, WA #207, June, 2013

Score: 97 Pts.