2003 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red Wine

SKU #1062828 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (10/2006)

92 points 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.  (4/2006)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (5/2007)

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.  (12/2006)

K&L Notes

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."

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.