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2017 Quilceda Creek CVR Red Wine
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2017 Quilceda Creek CVR® Columbia Valley Red Wine

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:

The 2017 Quilceda Creek "CVR" Columbia Valley Red Wine is a combination of all our vineyard sites and represents a great value. Lush red and blue fruits are found in this wine with nuances of star anise, smoke, cedar, and minerals. This blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc will be best enjoyed over the next 15 years.

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Vintage Notes

Varietal:

96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc

Vineyards:

Champoux, Galitzine, Palengat, and Wallula Vineyards

Barrels:

100% French Oak

Bottled:

May 2019

International Wine Report Review

"The 2017 'CVR' is an absolutely incredible wine that consists of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc which was sourced from all Quilceda Creek's vineyard sites. This immediately bursts open with gorgeous aromas of blackberries, dark cherries and black plums that are accented by bell pepper, tobacco, graphite, spices and hints of dried herbs. On the palate this is full-bodied, expressive and beautifully structured with polished tannins and a supple texture. It goes on to display outstanding balance, with a wonderful combination of dense ripe fruit that is framed by gorgeous underlying acidity keeping it fresh and inviting all the way through the plush finish. Overall this is a sensational release which is drinking exceptionally well today and is every bit as impressive as the rest of Quilceda Creek's lineup in this vintage."
J.D'Angelo, International Wine Report, October, 2020

Score: 95 Pts.

Jeb Dunnuck Review

"The 2017 Columbia Valley CVR is smoking stuff. Based on 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc sourced from the Champoux, Galitzine, Palengat, and Wallula Vineyards, it has loads of cassis, toasted spice, graphite, and dried tobacco notes as well as full-bodied richness, a broad, expansive mouthfeel, and sweet tannins. It’s not far off the top releases here, and it remains a stunning value in world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink it any time over the coming 15 years or more."
Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, April, 2020

Score: 95 Pts.

Washington Wine Blog Review

"The 2017 ‘CVR’ is a seductive blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon with small portions Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The wine was aged in roughly 50% new French oak before bottling. The nose has exotic appeal with its dense blue and black fruit aromatics that meld with Asian spices and shades of dusty terroir that all take their shape in the glass. The mouthfeel and texture of the wine is superb and this shows plenty of richness and a bright acid backbone. Deep blackberry cobbler, mocha, tar and blueberry compote flavors all come together marvelously on the palate. Marvelously structured and showing good poise, the 2017 ‘CVR’ is up there with the best ever made from this storied Washington estate. Drink 2019-2029"
Dr. Owen J. Bargreen, CS, Washington Wine Blog, January, 2020

Score: 94 Pts.

Blue Lifestyle Review

"Lush color, soft, warm vanilla-inflected nose, smooth, rich and luscious; toasted, rich and deep with plum, raspberry and cherry; sweet new oak and lovely balance, long and lovely."
Anthony Dias Blue, Blue Lifestyle, November, 2020

Score: 94 Pts.