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Quilceda Creek 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
Quilceda Creek 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Quilceda Creek 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Classic concentrated, dark Cabernet fruit on the nose. The pallet is accented with graphite, cassis and black licorice. The wine displays richness, depth and persistence. As a young Cabernet this wine benefits from a short decant and has potential for significant aging.


Type

Red

Varietal

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage

2014

Bottle size

750mL

Alcohol content

14.7%

Appellation

Washington 

Robert Parker

100 pts

Wine Enthusiast

94 pts

Wine Spectator

94 pts

Cellar Tracker

96 pts

  • RP100
  • WS94
  • WE94

    Quilceda Creek Vintners
    The 2014 growing season started with early heat and vine development. High heat throughout the summer and promoted vine stress, with final ripening occurring in late September and October under ideal conditions. The 2014 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley is an absolutely amazing wine. Packed to the brim with floral aromas and flavors of blackberry, blueberry, black cherry and plum fruit intertwine with nuances of cacao nib, anise, soy, forest floor and minerals. Incredibly pure and complex, this richly textured wine is totally seamless in all of its parts, allowing for its silky texture to shine through on the palate with a finish that last for minutes. Drink now – 2036. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. 
     
    750mL

    Critical Acclaim for Quilceda Creek 

    RP100
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
    The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is another tour de force from this estate that's reminiscent of first growth Bordeaux from a vintage like 2009. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged in new barrels, it offers incredible notes of blackcurrants, graphite, lead pencil shavings and crushed rocks in a full-bodied, decadent, insanely layered and seamless style. This beauty possesses ultra-fine tannin, no hard edges and a forward, already hard to resist style, yet it's going to keep for more than two decades.
    WS94
    Wine Spectator
    Refined and structured, with expressive dark berry and toasted clove aromas and richly layered plum, stony mineral and thyme flavors that gain depth toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2026.
    WE94
    Wine Enthusiast
    This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Champoux, Palengat and Wallula vineyards, all located with the Horse Heaven Hills appellation. Aromas of incense, dark fruit, licorice and barrel spice rise up from the glass, which also reveals penetrating cherry and anise notes. The flavors are rich and concentrated but far from over the top, with expertly integrated tannins. It brings a very pleasing sense of texture. Just a baby now, but it has the stuffing to go the distance. Best from 2027–2033. 
    Cellar Selection

    Vinous Review

    "Quilceda Creek's 2014 flagship Cabernet was one of the two or three best young Washington wines of my tastings this year, and Paul Golitzin agreed that he took selection of only the best fruit "to another level" beginning in 2014. His chief objective was to eliminate less-refined tannins in the wines. He is also more precise in the vineyards, growing the canopies early, pulling leaves at the optimal times—in other words, trying to push the harvest into October in order to get even better phenolic ripeness without sacrificing acidity or driving potential alcohol levels higher. The pHs of the Quilceda Creek '14s are around 3.95 but their firm total acidity energizes the wines."

    "(made without press wine; Paul Golitzin referred to this wine as the estate's "extra virgin olive oil"; 100% new oak): Bright ruby-red; not hugely saturated. Sexy scents of cassis, blackberry and violet. Wonderfully fine-grained black and purple fruit flavors are quite primary without being at all hard. Boasts terrific inner-mouth energy and clarity of flavor. The very slowly building whiplash of a finish offers a strong element of spicy lift and terrific grip. This beauty should be long-lived, but even today it's not austere." 
    Score: 96 pts


    Varietal:100% Cabernet Sauvignon
    Vineyards:Champoux, Palengat and Wallula Gap
    Barrels:100% New French Oak
    Time in Barrel:20 months
    Bottled:July 2016
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