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2012 Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Wine

2012 Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Wine

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

The 2012 Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Wine was sourced from Palengat, Champoux, Wallula and Tapteil vineyards which are located throughout the Columbia Valley AVA. This intense Merlot-based wine displays plum, blackberry and fig fruit with nuances of lavender, leather and charcuterie. Aged in 100% new French Oak for 20 months, it is a blend of 59% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.

Vintage Notes


59% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot


Champoux, Palengat, Tapteil and Wallula vineyards


100% New French Oak


June 2014

International Wine Report Review

"2012 Quilceda Creek 'Palengat' Proprietary Blend is a small production wine is sourced from an 8 acre vineyard that Alex Golitzin and John Ware bought a few years back. The wine itself is comprised of 53% Merlot, 29% Cabernet, 7% Cab Franc and 5% Petit Verdot which offers gorgeous aromas of ripe red cherries, crème de cassis and mocha with a savory edge that includes notes of anise, black olive and dried herbs. The mouthfeel is thick, layered and viscous supported by a gorgeous layer of underlying is acidity which provides excellent lift into the finish. This will really benefit with some time in the bottle but has already developed an incredible identity so far with its vibrant acidity, soft tannins tannins and a long lingering finish. Winemaker Paul Golitzin is experimenting with new territory, as this is a Merlot dominant wine, when the Palengat has historically always been a Cabernet based wine. The results are an outstanding wine, unlike any other Quilceda wine I've had in more than 10 vintages. (Best 2017-2030)"
International Wine Report, July, 2015

Score: 96 Pts.

Vinous Review

"(100% new oak): Inviting aromas of blackcurrant, black raspberry, plum, Belgian chocolate and graphite minerality. Plump, round and mouthfilling; seriously dense and silky, showing enticing lift to the flavors of dark berries, licorice, graphite, lavender and cocoa powder. Finishes very long and vibrant, with big but fine-grained tannins and a repeating note of cocoa powder. Incidentally, the Palengat vineyard features the Golitzins' densest planting, at 2,410 vines to the acre."
Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, November, 2015

Score: 93 Pts.

Wine Advocate Review

The 2012 Palengat "offers a deep, decadent style to go with classic blackberry liqueur, blueberry, graphite, toasted spices and licorice. A big, beefy, layered and full-bodied effort, it has building tannin, a supple mid-palate and terrific length. It should evolve nicely for 2-4 years and hold for a decade or more after that."
Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, WA #219, June, 2015

Score: 94 Pts.