2011 Quilceda Creek CVR® Columbia Valley Red Wine
Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:
The 2011 Quilceda Creek "CVR" Columbia Valley Red Wine is a blend of declassified lots that didn't make it into our flagship wines. Having this strict selection allows our best wines to compete at the highest level possible on a global scale. The resulting wine is full of red fruits, herbs, smoke, minerals and spice. This blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc will best be enjoyed over the next 10 years. This wine represents a great value and has received an average score of 92 points from the Wine Advocate over the past five years.
91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc
Champoux, Discovery, DuBrul, Galitzine, Klipsun, Palengat, Shaw, Tapteil and Wallula
100% French Oak
Time in Barrel:
Wine Advocate Review
"The 2011 Columbia Valley Red Wine offers the classic crème de cassis, graphite, toasted spice and hints of licorice that seems to be present in all of the estate's Cabernets. Medium to full-bodied, supple and already approachable, it nevertheless has the back-end stuffing to evolve gracefully for upwards of a decade.
Always producing some of the finest Bordeaux blends in any vintage, owners/winemakers Alex and Paul Golitzin continue to keep Quilceda Creek at the pinnacle of Cabernet Sauvignon in Washington State with these 2011s and 2012s. Looking at their 2011s, yields were down close to 40%, and this shows with the wines possessing gorgeous depth, richness and concentration. While Paul feels his 2011s are just as concentrated as his 2010s, the overall impression between these two cool vintages is distinctly different and the 2011s show much more up-front, perfumed and supple profiles. As always, the tannin management here is second to none and while the 2011s have plenty of tannin, you have to hunt for it as they're incredibly polished and silky. These 2011s will be approachable at an earlier stage than normal, yet evolve gracefully on their overall balance."
Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, #213, June, 2014