2002 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red Wine
Fragrant and inviting with sweet aromas of raspberries and ripe cherries. Not a hint of anything vegetal or off in any way; this is the finest declassified wine I’ve ever tasted. “If it’s not a 95 right out of the barrel,” says Alex Golitzun, “it’s declassified.” The blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Cab Franc.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(a blend of 70% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot and 10% cabernet franc) Full red-ruby. Tangy aromas of plum, cassis and musky torrefaction. Silky and suave in the mouth, with fruit-driven flavors of raspberry, plum, chocolate and sexy oak, with a complicating note of fresh herbs. Finishes with sweet tannins and supple lingering fruit. Made from declassified fruit and press wine.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The opaque, dark ruby-colored 2002 Red Wine (Quilceda Creek’s second label) reveals fresh blackberry and violet aromas. A 975-case blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc, it is medium-bodied, concentrated, and packed with tar-laced black fruits, currants, and tannin. A structured effort with an admirably long finish, this wine is a candidate for drinking between 2008 and 2018. Congratulations Alex and Paul, welcome to the big leagues." (04/06) According to Stephen Tanzer: "Full, deep red. Roasted strawberry, plum and nutty oak; just this side of stewy. Lush and round in the mouth, with slightly roasted flavors of plum, minerals, nuts and smoke.
Quilceda Creek is dedicated exclusively to the production of world-class Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon. Founded in 1979, Quilceda Creek has had an unbroken string of highly-rated vintages that has led Robert Parker Jr. to name it Washington State's premier Cabernet Sauvignon producer. Winemaker's Comments: "The 2002 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red Wine is our best offering of this wine to date. Smoke, vanilla, cocoa, and dark fruits dominate this medium-bodied wine. This wine offers a great value and pleasure for the more occasional drink over the next 7-10 years."