QUILCEDA CREEK Cabernet 'Columbia Valley' 2013


2016 TOP 100 WINES | Rank #14


Following up the highly impressive 2012 Cabernet, the 2013 Quilceda Creek 'Columbia Valley' Cabernet was sourced from the Champoux Vineyard (95%) as well as the Wallula Vineyard (5%). Needing more than a two hour decant at this point to fully open, the Cabernet releases exotic aromatics of ripe dark cherries, crème de cassis, violets, Turkish coffee, anise, and red bell pepper which continually pull you back to the glass for more. On the palate this continues to deliver ultra-rich, concentrated flavors of anise, crème de cassis, red bell pepper, graphite and blackberry cobbler while maintaining wonderful minerality. The texture of this wine is ethereal, with mild to moderate tannins, that complement the velvety mouthfeel. This combination of viscosity and tension is without an equal in Washington Cabernet. There is a seamless quality to this wine that reminds me of the epic 2005 vintage. Overall this is an incredible showing, but try to resist this beautiful wine for at least two more years. Hats off to head winemaker Paul Golitzin who has produced another absolutely spectacular Cabernet. (Best 2018-2040) - June, 2016 (OB)


Wine Specifications


  • Report Date: July, 2016
  • Producer: Quilceda Creek
  • Vintage: 2013
  • Drinking Window: 2018-2040
  • Estimated Value: $120
  • Country: United States
  • Region: Washington
  • Appellation: Columbia Valley
  • Importer: N/A

Quilceda Creek Cabernet

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