2003 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red Wine
A wonderful nose of violets and mixed fruits, with hints of Asian spices. Long and seamless, textural and detailed, it leads into flavors of boysenberry, blueberry and cherry. The oak is very nicely applied, and the wine keeps coming at you with flavors of Bourbon barrel, soft soy, balsamic and moist earth, all beautifully integrated.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The finest Red Wine the Golitzens have fashioned to date, the 2003 (1,300 cases) is an assemblage of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Merlot. It bursts from the glass with black currants, violets, blackberries, and notes of dark cherries. Dense, medium-bodied, silky-textured, and intense, this black fruit-packed wine bears Quilceda Creek’s trademark marriage of power with elegance and sweet tannin. Projected maturity: now-2020. Congratulations Alex and Paul, welcome to the big leagues.
Broad, open-textured and impeccably balanced, with a tingle of tannins wrapping around a plump core of currant, plum and cedary spice flavors that persist on the finish, with hints of pepper. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full ruby. Black raspberry, redcurrant, pepper and tar on the nose. Supple in texture, with a restrained sweetness to the flavors of currant, minerals, graphite and tobacco. Finishes with sweet, suave, nicely integrated tannins.
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 2003 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red Wine is our best offering of this wine to date. Spicy black cherry fruit, smoke, vanilla and cocoa dominate this medium-bodied wine. This wine offers a great value and pleasure for the more occasional drink over the next 7-10 years."