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Quilceda Creek Proprietary Red Palengat Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2013  - First Bottle


94 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
More Merlot dominated in 2013 (they plan to move this back to a more Cabernet Sauvignon dominated blend in the future), the 2013 Palengat Vineyard is another terrific 2013 that makes the most of vintage. Sexy, voluptuous and rounded, with no hard edges, it gives up classic notes of plums, graphite and licorice in its full-bodied, mouth-filling and impossible to resist style. While I’d happily drink a glass (or three) today, it will drink well for another 10-15 years.
93 Vinous -
Healthy dark red-ruby. Much less extreme on the nose than the CVR blend, showing captivating floral lift to the aromas of cassis, blackberry, blueberry, dark chocolate and licorice. Broad, deep and slightly exotic, with its strong dark berry flavors complicated by notes of Cuban cigar leaf and minerals and Franc-driven floral character. Finishes with terrific energy and lift. For the second straight vintage, this Merlot-dominated wine is a huge success.

Technical Details

  • Blend58% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc
  • WinemakerPaul Golitzin
  • CountryUS
  • RegionWashington
  • AppellationColumbia Valley, Horse Heaven Hills
  • VineyardChampoux and Wallula Vineyard
  • Oak100% new French oak
  • Alcohol15.2%

Quilceda Creek Proprietary Red Palengat Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2013

Proprietary Blends  |  US
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About the Producer

Established in 1978 by Alex and Jeannette Golitzin with the first vintage produced in 1979, Quilceda Creek is Washington State’s 12th bonded winery after Prohibition, but the family’s storied history with winemaking dates back to the late 1800s. Family owned and operated and one of Washington State’s premier wineries, Quilceda Creek has dedicated itself to producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines of Quilceda Creek have been an expression of five vineyards in the coveted Horse Heaven Hills and Red Mountain American Viticultural Areas (AVA). Champoux Vineyard is one of the oldest vineyards in Washington State and the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown there have produced five of Quilceda Creek’s perfect 100-point wines. Grapes for the sixth 100-point wine were sourced from Galitzine Vineyard in the Red Mountain AVA. Today, Paul Golitzin oversees all aspects of winemaking and vineyard operations, pursuing the same standard of excellence that brought Quilceda Creek to world prominence.