1994 Quilceda Creek Washington Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
It offers deep and compelling aromas of red and black fruits, lead pencil, and traces of oak spices. This full-bodied, concentrated, and chewy wine is thick, dense, and gorgeously defined for such a massive wine. Its combination of power and elegance brought to mind the 1986 Margaux, one of the finest wines ever produced by that illustrious estate... This is a truly magnificent wine, and it will age remarkably well... The dark ruby-colored 1994 Quilceda Creek is an extraordinary wine that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as California's top offerings. I recently served a bottle of it blind to Robert Parker amidst wines from Dominus, Harlan Estate, Colgin, and others. While it did stand out as being different (it is much more Bordeaux-like than its California brethren) it was their qualitative equal. (PR)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium ruby-red. Pure, cool, Pauillac-like nose combines blackcurrant, blueberry, violet, licorice and mint. Firmly structured, precise and penetrating, with dark berry and dark chocolate flavors intensified by juicy acids. Seems much tighter today than it was upon release. Very long, palate-staining finish features toothcoating, horizontal tannins. Golitzin describes this wine as "a monster" owing to its powerful tannins, but if this bottle is typical, the '94 has all the elements to be a cellar treasure. 93+ (ST)
Bright and flavorful, a generous mouthful of blueberry, blackberry and currant shaded with spicy oak notes on the persistent finish. Fine-grained tannins need cellaring.