Quilceda Creek CVR 2017 | Washington’s Cab King – Stunning Value
Quilceda Creek CVR 2017 presents a dark ruby-black center with crimson overtones throughout. While the nose opens to dark and centered notes of cassis, blackberry, and crushed bay leaves. Yet, there is a broad, big-shouldered structure to the palate, which feels powerful and sophisticated with cedar plank, new leather, and pipe tobacco filling the background. The tannins are ripe, defined, and very well integrated, creating the perfect counterpoint to the full-bodied, concentrated nature of the fruit. The wine feels complete at this moment, and given the length of finish, it will develop nicely for more than a decade. Drink now – 2037.
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95JD | The Quilceda Creek CVR 2017 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. So, 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.
“A Stunning Value in World-Class Cabernet” | “Smoking Stuff”
“This awesome estate is producing some of the top Cabernet Sauvignon blends in the state, and I would venture, the world,” according to former Wine Advocate critic Jeb Dunnuck. While from an estate that boasts five perfect 100-point scores from Robert Parker and countless top scores from every other major publication, we invite you to experience Quilceda Creek at an unimaginable bargain price.
Or as Dunnuck summarized in his 95-point review, “The 2017 Columbia Valley CVR is smoking stuff. While a complete wine already, it should evolve beautifully for up to two decades. This is perhaps why Dunnuck declares this Quilceda Creek “not far off the top releases.”
Nephew of Napa legend André Tchelistcheff | And now the Next Generation
Founder Alex Golitzin was tutored by Napa legend André Tchelistcheff—who happened to be his uncle. It was Tchelistcheff who counseled him to focus on one grape. Golitzin took the advice to heart, seeking single-minded perfection. And then becoming what the Wine Advocate has called “Washington’s benchmark for world-class Cabernet Sauvignon.”
Alex’s son Paul, a superstar vintner in his own right, has taken over winemaking duties. His Quilceda Creek CVR 2017 is a dazzling evocation of the growing season’s ideal warm summer days and cool evenings. Notably, it’s luxuriously silky in texture yet bolstered by bright acidity and big-shouldered structure that is Quilceda’s trademark. While the pedigree of the vineyards is second to none in Washington. Yet, with grapes hailing from the world-famous Champoux (one of the oldest in the state), Galitzine, Palengat, and Wallula sites.
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For collectors, Quilceda Creek is right up there alongside the very greatest in the annals of American wine. Of course, Quilceda Creek CVR 2017 impressively honors that reputation without needing to be impressively honored every time it’s opened.