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2015 Quilceda Creek Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Quilceda Creek Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

The 2016 Quilceda Creek "Galitzine Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon is from the Red Mountain AVA. Intense blackberry, cassis and fig fruit are found in this rich wine with nuances of black walnut, cocoa nib, soy and a floral element reminiscent of Hyacinth. It is comprised of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Galitzine Vineyard and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Lake Wallula Vineyard added for additional complexity and dimension. Aged in 100% new French oak for 20 months. Drink 2020-2040.

Vintage Notes


100% Cabernet Sauvignon


95% Galitzine Vineyard, 5% Lake Wallula Vineyard


100% New French Oak


June 2017

Jeb Dunnuck Review

"From a site on Red Mountain, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Galitzine is a deeper, richer, more mineral-laced red and has a huge nose of dark chocolate, smoked earth, graphite, black licorice, and black fruits. It’s full-bodied, has tons of concentration and depth, as well as building tannins, yet it still stays seamless and elegant on the palate, with an incredible texture. It's another full-bore, powerful, brilliant wine from this team that's going to benefit from short term cellaring and cruise for two decades."
Jeb Dunnuck,, April, 2019

Score: 98+ Pts.

Wine Advocate Review

"Red fruited and expressive, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Galitzine Vineyard opens with the classic Red Mountain rusticity on the nose along with rich and elegant dark red fruits. Full-bodied, the palate has a crunchy minerality and firm tannins that will mellow in time. The focus here is clearly on the fruit, with the impressively well-integrated 100% new French oak lending seductive baking spices accents to the dark cherry and black raspberry expressions, followed by a slight tartness on the finish. This will do best after a few years in the cellar and will go for a decade or two. I look forward to revisiting this bottling over the next decade. Absolutely stunning! Only 1,050 cases made."
Anthony Mueller, Wine Advocate, December, 2019

Score: 96 Pts.

Washington Wine Blog Review

"The 2016 'Galitzine Vineyard' Cabernet is a simply magical effort which blends 5% Lake Wallula Cabernet Sauvignon into the Galitzine Vineyard fruit. The wine was entirely aged in new Darnajou French barrels prior to bottling. Heady aromatics greet you with creosote, deep red rose petals, mocha, cigar ash and shades of Black Forest cake that all develop in the glass. The flavors are absolutely marvelous, as is the silky texture. Decadent black tea, Asian spices, creme de cassis, blueberry compote and blackberry pie flavors. The dark fruit, tar and mineral-driven finish culminates this scintillating new wine. While marvelous in its youth, this will only get better with some time in the bottle. Drink 2020-2040"
Dr. Owen J. Bargreen, CS, Washington Wine Blog, June, 2019

Score: 98 Pts.