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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 65 
TypeRed
ProducerQuilceda Creek (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionWashington
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationColumbia Valley
UPC Code(s)126783831943

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2028 (based on 73 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 94.6 pts. and median of 95 pts. in 176 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by fine137 on 5/16/2015 & rated 93 points: Needed a solid 4 hour decant to settle down the considerable oak, but after that it was delicious. (2592 views)
 Tasted by mtolerico on 5/6/2015 & rated 91 points: Sweet nose, jammy, cherry, coffee and background oak. This really showed how simple it was compared to some notably better wines in a blind tasting. It's a good wine, but just can't compare when opened with a more complex well rounded wine. (1946 views)
 Tasted by dcwino on 5/6/2015 & rated 88 points: Domestic Cab dinner (Eddie V's): Very ripe yet vegetal nose displaying black fruit, fruit cake, coffee, ink, port and earth. Very good concentration, clumsy overripe black fruits, vegetal and a bit of heat. Not a big fan. I have enjoyed 90ís Quilceda Creek so I am hoping this will come together but I doubt it. (2816 views)
 Tasted by gr8r84u on 5/2/2015 & rated 95 points: Took to dinner to celebrate a friend's birthday last week. Don't recall the specific flavor profile but it was singing right out of the bottle. Been holding on to my QC's for a long time for them to come around and after seeing some recent comments here decided it was time to uncork one. Was not disappointed. (2340 views)
 Tasted by Milos on 4/30/2015: This one did not turned out the way I expected. After tasting couple of bottles of the 2006 Galitzine Vineyard I expected more balanced wine. Overripe dark fruit with alcohol dominating the nose; no finesse, no balance, not my style. (2353 views)
 Tasted by EvanRose on 3/31/2015 & rated 100 points: i am totally biased, but this was one of the best wines i have ever had. shared a bottle with my wife to celebrate our 31st anniversary. soft, smooth, big fruit - plum, black cherry and a hint of chocolate on the finish (3090 views)
 Tasted by newkid17 on 3/7/2015 & rated 95 points: Cocoa, dark cherry, blackberry and tobacco. Amazing wine that is drinking well now, but probably even better in 2-3 years. (2657 views)
 Tasted by mtolerico on 2/16/2015 & rated 95 points: Drinking very well right now. Medium black and some blue fruit, burnt oak, tar, licorice and spice box. Lots of tannins left but well balanced right out of the gate. (2983 views)
 Tasted by michigan dogs on 1/20/2015 & rated 91 points: Decanted for several hours but was no where as good as an 08 we had several weeks ago. You could tell it was well balanced with dark fruit, but overall disappointing. (3343 views)
 Tasted by mreinitz on 12/25/2014 & rated 92 points: A really huge wine. Blackberry, dark cherry, and oak flavors dominate. Still a bit tannic. Everyone liked it. Still, it was a bit of a relief to move on to a more subtle Bordeaux wine. (3361 views)
 Tasted by dlcass on 12/19/2014 & rated 97 points: Tasted at Jerry's. Nice wine. Nice balance, texture and finish. Tasted at a magnum party with many great wines which limit my description. (3148 views)
 Tasted by fine137 on 12/13/2014 & rated 95 points: Pure velvet on the palate, Quite good, perhaps lacking a bit of nuance, but this score represents the potential, which should be great. (3176 views)
 Tasted by PhillyOutWest on 11/16/2014 & rated 96 points: Drank this side by side with a 2005 and its older brother won the fight (but not by much). Both needed a few hours to take shape but this was a beautiful showing once it opened up. A real treat, but I feel like it's a few years away from a truly great showing. (3424 views)
 Tasted by bubbachumps on 9/28/2014 & rated 93 points: Charcoal, earthen blackberry, cassis and faint blueberry. In the mouth, smooth, well-integrated and well-balanced. A touch of heat on the finish and noticeable structure. Plenty of life ahead of it, but accessible now. (4053 views)
 Tasted by J @ y H @ c k on 9/19/2014 & rated 96 points: WOW. This is a truly great wine. Decanted at 2 pm and then poured back into the bottle at 5:30. Carried to the restaurant and opened at about 6:30. Shared with six non-geek friends so it did not last long. Meat juices, dark fruit, a bit of coffee and chocolate, great power but extremely smooth with no astringent tannins. Everyone loved the wine. Why do so many people dislike QC? I have never had a bad one and this one is fantastic. I have a mag of the 2007 and I will give it 5-10 more years. It might get even better. (3656 views)
 Tasted by tcosgriff on 9/12/2014 & rated 98 points: Deep purple color with a bouquet and flavor of black currants, complemented by vanilla oak. Seamless and caressing on the palate with no rough edges. Wonderful balance and nuance with a long finish. Exceptional. (1991 views)
 Tasted by johnh1001 on 6/15/2014 & rated 90 points: Very similar to the bottle 2 years ago. Although this time it had more of a bite on the finish and the oak was even more prevalent. (4995 views)
 Tasted by Wink on 5/3/2014 & rated 94 points: Double decanted and brought to Bouquet with Kevin and Liz. Dark opaque purple. Enchanting nose of blackberry, cassis, cedar, and graphite. Full palate of blackberry, cassis, plum, and vanilla. Superb length. Vivacious acidity. Silky texture. Youthful tannins. Not ready for prime time, but not closed or shut down. (4998 views)
 Tasted by brianngibson on 4/27/2014 & rated 97 points: Just entering its maturity, and beginning to become approachable. Perfumed cassis, blueberry, smoke, and finishing with a hit of chocolate. Tannins rounding out but still grippy enough to suggest lots of time left for further maturity. (3830 views)
 Tasted by Zinlady on 4/27/2014 & rated 95 points: Really enjoyed tonight. Wine was tight, a bit sweet. But it was powerful. Heavy. Went well with the tenderloin. A crowd favorite (4516 views)
 Tasted by memphishusky on 4/23/2014: Amazing wine (4133 views)
 Tasted by jaxpaj on 4/18/2014 & rated 96 points: I don't think this will improve any with age. This is a heavy and indulgent wine that tip toes into a port style cabernet. There is a definite sweet tone to the wine and a ton of depth. (3234 views)
 Tasted by t_moderne on 4/12/2014 & rated 93 points: Pop and poured into a decanter and followed until it was gone. Went quickly. Served with pita chips. The wine had thrown off some sediment.
Big nose of black cherries and violets. Beautiful floral nose of violets and some licorice root along with the ripe cherries.
Rich wine with dark fruits and a bit of licorice. Round in the mouth. Smooth tannins ion the finish. A big wine but not overweight. (2845 views)
 Tasted by skifree on 4/8/2014 & rated 94 points: This bottle was excellent - full, rich, lots of fruit, and a smooth finish of fruit and oak. Very enjoyable. (3047 views)
 Tasted by NTR on 3/22/2014 & rated 95 points: Strong Cabernet nose. Dark cherry woody nose. Very full explosive taste but not napa like full. There is a restraint. But very tight tannins, still youthful. Sweet aspect too. Long finish. Very solid wine. Opened way early, lesson learned. Going between 94-95 but think it hits the higher number.. (2857 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, November/December 2010, IWC Issue #153
(Quilceda Creek Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/6/2012)
(Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon) Dark red violet color; appealing, cassis, spice, ripe plum nose; tasty, cassis, oak spice palate with polished tannins; medium-plus finish 93+ points  93 points
By Sean Sullivan
Washington Wine Report (4/1/2010)
(Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley) Dark and brooding on a nose that is quite closed up at present with blackberries and black cherry dominating initially followed by light floral aromas, earth, and kisses of chocolate. On the palate, boom! A compact ball of black fruit wound up incredibly tightly at present. Shows great intensity while still being deft on its feet. Big and bold but with tremendous layering and refinement. The finish lingers for as long as you want to keep counting. 15.2% alcohol.  ***** points
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Quilceda Creek

Producer website

2007 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Winery: "We are pleased to offer you the 2007 vintage of the Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley. This follows exciting news that the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley just received a 99 point score from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. Over the past 5 years, this wine has attained an unprecedented 99.6 point average from this publication. This validates the consistent quality that can be achieved in Washington State with Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2007 growing season gave us beautiful fruit. The result is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon that is quite possibly the best Quilceda to date. The season started off with low spring precipitation resulting in short shoot growth. Heat spikes in May and July reduced berry size. This was followed by warm, consistent heat in August and September that ripened the fruit under ideal conditions. The harvest ended two weeks early with all of our fruit being picked by October 13th, 2007.
The Quilceda Creek 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley (97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot) is a very dense and opulent wine that has amazing concentration and a liqueur-like texture. Classic aromas and flavors of violets, plum, cassis, blackberry and Asian spice cascade over the palate in a delineated fashion, ending in a finish that lasts over a minute.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Wikipedia

USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

Washington

Washington Wine Commission | Credit to Washingtonwine.org for this article

Washington Wine
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Wineries
With 30,000+ acres planted, the state has ideal geography and conditions for growing premium vinifera wine grapes. Primarily grown on their own root stocks, the vines produce grapes of consistent quality, resulting in strong vintages year after year. While its focus is on Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the region also produces a wide range of other spectacular whites and reds.

Growers
Winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region's unique characteristics. Their hand-crafted wines are receiving wide acclaim from critics regionally, nationally and internationally for their consistently high quality. Many of them have received scores of 90 and above from the major wine media. Overall this is a higher percentage than other leading wine regions.

Regions
As the state's fourth largest fruit crop, the Washington wine industry is an important contributor to the long-term preservation of Washington agriculture. The industry is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and conservation of water resources.
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Varieties
Washington produces more than 20 wine grape varieties - a ratio of 56 percent white to 44 percent red. As the industry matures and experiments, it finds many grape varieties that thrive throughout Washington's microclimates. There are more than 16,000 vineyard acres of red wine varieties statewide.

History & Vintages
Washington's wine future is limitless. As consumers discover the quality of Washington wines, demand continues to grow nationally and internationally. New acreage and wine varietals are being planted and new wineries are opening at a remarkable pace. Washington State is recognized as a premium viticultural region around the world.

State Facts
Washington's wine industry generates more than $3 billion to the state economy. It employs more than 14,000 people, directly and indirectly, with projections to add nearly 2,000 more jobs by 2006. In terms of tax revenues accrued to the state and federal government, wine grapes are among the highest tax generators of any agricultural crops. Furthermore, Washington wine tourism attracts nearly two million visitors annually contributing to the positive growth of local and regional economies.

Washington State - the perfect climate for wine = ideal growing conditions, quality wines, business innovation, lifestyle, and social responsibility. All are key elements of this world-class wine industry.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Cascade Winery Association

The Columbia Valley AVA lies mostly in Washington state, with a small section in Oregon. The Cascade Range forms its western boundary with the Palouse regions bordering the area to the east. To the north, the Okanogan National Forest forms a border with the AVA and Canada. It encompasses the valleys formed by the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Walla Walla River, the Snake River, and the Yakima River. The Columbia valley stretches between the 46th parallel and 47th parallel which puts it in line with the well known French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The northern latitude gives the areas two more hours of additional daylight during the summer growing season than wine regions of California receive. The volcanic and sandy loam soil of the valley offers good drainage and is poor in nutrients, ideal in forcing the vine to concentrate its resources into the grape clusters.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley Winery Association

 
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