The 2013 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a masterpiece from Quilceda Creek. This utterly captivating wine offers instantly begins to impress as it offers deep seductive aromas of ripe blackberries, cherries, crème de cassis along with exotic spices, violets, herbs and tobacco that explode from the glass. The palate is just as impressive, full-bodied and impeccably structured with gorgeous round polished tannins that are well-integrated and make for an incredibly seamless mouthfeel. This is beautifully balanced, and displays incredible concentration, with rich layers of ripe dark fruits that lead up to the long saturated finish. This is nothing short of absolutely stunning today and also has potential to evolve for another two decades. Composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from Champoux, Palengat, and Wallula vineyards.
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.