2020 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
The 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with a lush, silky, rich, round nose with fresh and ripe notes that seduce and delight. Full, fresh yet tight, the wine offers a balanced structure and lifting tannins that elevate the mid-palate, followed by juicy, fruity layers and delicious oak spice. The Cabernet continues to show its depth and breadth, enhancing its natural beauty. The Cabernet lingers on the ever-evolving, food-friendly finish and will benefit from several years of bottle aging. The wine matured for 22 months in 100% new French oak.
"The 2020 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is truly sensational. This Cabernet emerges from the Champoux (90%) and Mach One (10%) vineyards and is a selection of clones 4, 8, 337, 191, 685 that spent 22 months in new French oak. It begins with striking aromas of fresh blackberries, blueberries and dark plums that are laced with fresh spring florals, mocha, sweet exotic spices, graphite and gravel nuances all taking shape. The palate is full-bodied and displays a remarkable combination of power and elegance throughout. This is beautifully structured and extremely expressive, as it possesses outstanding depth and concentration all the way through the long, finessed finish. Year after year, the Columbia Valley Cabernet is one of the most impressive wines, and there is no exception here, as it combines all the wonderful qualities of the 2020 vintage from Quilceda Creek into one expression. This is fantastic already and readers will be in for a real treat, as this simply marvelous wine will continue to deliver the goods for years to come ."
— J. D'ANGELO, INTERNATIONAL WINE REPORT
"The outstanding new 2020 Quilceda Creek 'Columbia Valley' Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced mainly from the Champoux Vineyard (90%) with the remainder coming from the Mach One Vineyard. This reveals very pretty black rose petals with blueberry compote, sandalwood, mocha, tar and anise notes that all meld in the glass. The palate is utterly seamless, as this glides throughout the drinking experience. Huckleberry pie, dark chocolate covered blackberry and black raspberry coulis combine with loamy soils. This is super refined and elegant Cabernet Sauvignon that is already beautifully evolved and will provide drinking enjoyment over the next fifteen to twenty years. Drink 2022-2039."
— OWEN BARGREEN, OWENBARGREEN.COM
"The 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with a lush, silky, rich, round nose with fresh and ripe notes that seduce and delight. Full-bodied, fresh and yet still tight, the wine offers a balanced structure and lifting tannins that elevate the mid- palate followed by juicy, fruit-forward layers and delightful oak spices. The Cabernet continues to show its depth and breadth, compounding its natural beauty. The Cabernet lingers on the ever-evolving, food-friendly finish and will benefit from another two years of bottle aging.”
— ANTHONY MUELLER, WINE LAWYER
Quilceda Creek was founded by Alex Golitzin (Galtzine). Alex is a descendant of Prince Lev Sergeevich Galitzine. After the Russian Revolution broke out in 1917, Alex's parents fled to Paris, where Alex was born. When World War II ends, the family moves to San Francisco, California. In 1967 Alex leaves for Washington with his wife Jeannette. Here they start building Quilceda Creek together.
Paul Golitzin joined his father as a winemaker in 1992 and now leads all aspects of vineyard management and winemaking. With a gifted palate and an uncompromising commitment to quality, Paul turned the winery's attention to its greatest assets: the vineyards of the Columbia Valley. Paul's vision catapulted the wines to a new level of excellence. Paul produces deeply colored red wines with great concentration, intense fruit aromas and well-integrated wood influences. In 2006, Quilceda Creek became the first winery outside of California to receive 100 points from Robert Parker. The winery has since received 100 points from the Wine Advocate several times.
The Quilceda Creek winery is located in Snohomish, Washington in the Columbia Valley AVA in Washington State. Quilceda Creek's grapes come from four plots: Champoux, Galitzine, Mach One and Palengat. The total planting consists of 86 hectares. The Champoux plot is located at an altitude of 600 to 800 meters. The soil consists of a sandy loam soil that ensures good root development. Champoux is located north of the Columbia River in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. This vineyard is exclusively used for the production of Cabernet Sauvignon. The Mach One vineyard is located in one of the warmest parts of the region. It is therefore important that the vines are irrigated. This is done using the nearby Columbia River. The third vineyard, Palengat, is named after co-founder Jeannette Golitzin. Palengat is her maiden name. The last plot is also named after the family. Galitzine is their surname, but written in the Russian way.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Drinking as of||2025|
|James Suckling rating||98|
|Tasting Profiles||Dark fruit, Dry, Fruity, Flexible|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Borrelen, Met vrienden, Open haard, Voor alledag|