2007 Quilceda Creek "Galitzine" Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon contains 1% Petit Verdot. It offers up a splendid bouquet of toasty new oak, earth notes, espresso, incense, blackberry, and plum. A bit more structured than the Palengat cuvee, it is slightly denser, layered, and intense. This very lengthy effort will benefit from 5-7 years of cellaring and will offer a drinking window extending from 2015 to 2037. (JM)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full medium ruby. Lovely aromatic lift to the aromas of berries, pepper and cocoa powder. Lush on entry, then less sweet and rich in the middle-more muscular-than the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon. There's impressive density to the crushed berry and graphite flavors, but today this solidly structured wine's substantial mounting tannins are a bit youthfully aggressive. A classic example of Red Mountain Cabernet, in need of at least several years of bottle aging and built for a long life in bottle. 93+ (ST)
This is a strikingly pure expression of single-vineyard, Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Focused and tight, it is extremely dense and textural, with a mix of cassis and coffee. Some of the minerality of the neighboring Ciel du Cheval vineyard is just beginning to show in the fruit from these young vines as well. (PG)
The Wine Advocate states: "Quilceda Creek remains Washington’s benchmark for world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. The Golitzins were ecstatic about the fruit quality in 2007, a near-perfect vintage from their perspective. The only change is that a varietal Merlot is no longer being bottled." Galitzine Vineyard is the source of our vineyard designated Cabernet Sauvignon showcasing the incredible depth, richness and consistency that can be grown in the Red Mountain AVA. It is a partnership between our family and the Holmes family of the highly acclaimed Ciel du Cheval Vineyard. The high density vineyard (2074 plants per acre) was planted in 2001 and 2002 entirely with Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon on windblown Hezel over Warden soils. These deep sandy loam soils are ideal for root development and deficit irrigation, leading to excellent vineyard uniformity. Since its inception, the Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has averaged an incredibly high 96.6 points from the Wine Advocate over its first eight vintages.