Quilceda Creek is typically one of Washington’s top-scoring Cabernets, and the 2010 continues that trend. A blend of both estate and purchased Cabernet, with a dash of Merlot, from five vineyards (mainly Champoux), it spent 22 months in 100 percent new French oak. Winemaker Paul Golitzin, who took over production from his father, Alex, in 1998, aims for supple texture and depth without losing this red’s trademark intensity of fruit.
Tasting Note: Polished, vibrant and distinctive, with coffee and jasmine tea accents around a supple core of cherry and red plum fruit. The nubby tannins rub gently against the long finish. Shows tremendous depth while holding its power in check. Best from 2015 through 2025. –Harvey Steiman
Special Designation: Collectibles
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Issue Date: Sept. 30, 2013