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2012 Quilceda Creek CVR Columbia Valley Red Wine

2012 Quilceda Creek CVR® Columbia Valley Red Wine

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

The 2012 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 on a global scale. The resulting wine is filled with red and black fruits, bittersweet chocolate, graphite and leather. This blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec will best be enjoyed over the next 15 years.

Vintage Notes

Varietal:

83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec

Vineyards:

Champoux, Galitzine, Klipsun, Palengat, Tapteil and Wallula

Barrels:

100% French Oak

Time in Barrel:

22 months

Bottled:

June 2014

International Wine Report Review

"The 'CVR' is Quliceda Creek's entry level wine which is made from fruit that didn't quite make the grade for their flagship Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The blend for the 'CVR' changes each year, with the 2012 being composed of 91% Cabernet, 7% Merlot and 3% Cab Franc. This is very expressive with ripe and complex aromas of cassis, mocha, black olive and cedar notes, which all come together beautifully. This possesses a rich and dense palate that persists with notes of anise, crème de cassis, black olive and blackberry ending with impressive minerality and wonderful length. Overall, a rich and refined wine that's open but can also benefit from many years in the cellar. (Best 2015-2025)"
International Wine Report, July, 2015

Score: 94 Pts.


Vinous Review

"(15.2% alcohol): Deep ruby-red. Sexy aromas of black raspberry, licorice pastille and bitter chocolate oak. Concentrated and savory, with the dark fruit and chocolate flavors complemented by graphite minerality. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and lovely persistence. A very strong vintage for this bottling, which consists of declassified lots that did not make it into Quilceda Creek's flagship Cabernet."
Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, November, 2015

Score: 91 Pts.


Wine Advocate Review

"A smoking effort that shows the beauty of the 2012 vintage, Golitzin's 2012 CVR Colombia Valley Red Wine is made from a declassified blend of most Cabernet Sauvignon, with smaller parts Merlot and Malbec. It's offers a brilliant, almost Bordeaux-like, bouquet of sweet cassis, lead pencil shavings, graphite and hints of toast that flows to a full-bodied, layered, seamless Cabernet that has integrated acidity, sweet tannin and a great finish that doesn't lack for richness or persistence. Already hard to resist, it will nevertheless continue to drink nicely for another decade or more."
Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, #219, June, 2015

Score: 93 Pts.