Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Quilceda Creek

Quilceda Creek

The first Quilceda Creek cabernet was produced in 1979. The winery founded in 1978 is located in Maryville, Eastern Washington. Quilceda grapes are sourced from a number of vineyards all in Washington wine country. Quilceda Creek quickly made a name for itself producing some of the areas most renowned and consistently spectacular cabernets. The winery is home to the classic cabernet sauvignon, merlot and the Columbia Valley red.

Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

This vintage explodes with a rich and striking intensity of aromas and flavors and a light garnet tone. The palate is layered with complex hints of vahlrhona chocolate and Asian spices with a flowing undercurrent of wood-smoke. The aromas and flavors deliver with tobacco, coffee, violets and blackberry and cherry fruits that linger sensually on the mouth. This dry wine will deepen and intensify with maturity and will be a refreshing rich drop for 10-20 years.

Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

The 2002 Cabernet possess a bright ruby glow and a strong nose of black fruits and spice. The bottle opens with a heavy textured fruit aroma that leaves a lasting impression and deepens into a refreshingly sweet wine. On the palate the rich fruit continues to impress with a smooth tannins and a enveloping chocolate flavor to finish the wine.

Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

This Quilceda Creek bottle begins with a deep plum tone and a concentrated flowery nose of violet. The bouquet ignites with cassis, blackberry and cherry off set with a fresh burst of herbs. On the mouth the wine is full and smooth with a surprising depth and refined ripe tannin. The bottle is packed with rich black fruits and licorice flavors with a lingering impression of tobacco and brown spice. An ageworthy wine that will continue to deepen with maturity.

Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

The 2000 bottle is heavy with aroma and flavor that blasts onto the nose and bombards the palate. This ruby red wine expels a full nose of blackberry and plum with warm undertones of creme de cassis, Asian spice and light smoke. On the mouth the wine possesses a velvety full texture that delivers the rich pure fruit flavors of cabernet fruits. This is a well balanced heavily aromatic bottle that will continue to deliver with age.

Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

This bottle opens up with a warm glowing red tone and a nicely developed raspberry nose. The bouquet reveals rich aromas of spice and oak with soft cherry, menthol and maple notes. The wine sweetens on the palate continuing to open up with spice and hints of meat and minerals. A silky perfumed finish is completed with a long strong tannins that melts over the mouth and promises a fine maturation.

Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

The 1998 vintages possesses a significant weight and depth and an intensely dark coloration. To open the wine overflows with blackberry jam and spice off set with juniper berries. A deep concentration and striking consistancy reveals itself on the mouth with layers of fresh black berries, cassis and juicy plum. This is a velvety complex bottle with a long smooth tannic finish.

Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

This cabernet begins with a glowing ruby tone and a richly layered aromatic structure. Floral elements mingle with blackcurrent, tar and mocha and undercurrent of tobacco and mineral are revealed as the bouquet is opened. This wine is dense and full in flavor and texture leaving a lasting chewy tannic impression.

Quilceda Creek Reserve Cabernet 2003

This is a rich bright wine with flavors exploding from the glass and saturating the senses. Notes of dark cherries, black currants and berries meld with a floral hint of violet. On the mouth the wine is dense with a medium body and a smooth flowing texture. The flavor is fruit packed and powerful finishing with signature grace and sweetness.

Quilceda Creek Reserve Cabernet 2002

This full red wine begins with a marriage of plum and cassis on the nose and flows elegantly onto the mouth. Heavy fruit flavors burst onto the palate revealing raspberry and plum with undertones of chocolate and oak. Fresh herbal notes refresh the mouth while a sweet ripe tannins finishes the wine delivering lingering fruit flavors.

Quilceda Creek Reserve Cabernet 2001

The 2001 Columbia Creek red begins with a deep red tone and a smoky aroma. The nose resembles roasted red and black fruits and deepens as it flows onto the palate. The flavors of this vintage are sweet and lush covering the mouth with black fruit and mineral. Undertones of graphite give this wine a raw strong finish.