Red

2006 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • Washington
  • Columbia Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 201

  • Schiffy Likes this wine: 96 points

    June 17, 2022 - Balanced blackberry and dark cherry fruit perfectly integrated with silky smooth tannins delivering a super smooth, long finish. This Cab is drinking VERY well right now after an hour decant. Nice secondary notes of mocha, currants and lavender. Really good!

  • nzinkgraf wrote:

    June 3, 2022 - a cooler vintage next to 2005 vintage.
    a total left turn from the 2005 fruit dominance. a little swampy. still shows soft to the palate, more savory w/ less fruit.

    neither 05 or 06 shows much color development. i guess when you start out at purple it takes a little longer to meander through ruby and garnet on the way to browning. No brown on either rim, but yes to garnet color.

    06 still shows the barrel spice w/out the wild blackberry fruit of 05.

    06 with more air becomes less savory over the course of the lunch. comes closer to the 05, but still with a shy-er fruit profile.

    again 97% Cab w/ 3% Merlot. mostly from Champoux with Klipsun and Tapteil.

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  • hkbob Likes this wine: 93 points

    April 9, 2022 - Deep purple. Dark fruited with blackberry, cherry compote, and some distant notes of coffee, licorice and creosote. Dense, mouth-filling palate with dark plummy fruit, some sweetness and a touch of vanilla on the finish. Fully resolved tannins. Not overly complex. Although well-made and a very good wine, to my taste this was more gloss than personality.

  • spendergast Likes this wine: 98 points

    March 8, 2022 - A great cab with dense dark fruit, notes of cassis, black raspberry, spice box with beautifully integrated tannins and long satisfying finish. Still young. Paired perfectly with grilled bistro filets.

  • sfwinelover1 Likes this wine: 98 points

    January 22, 2022 - One off auction buy ($127) 3.5 years ago. On the nose and palate, black cherries, black currants, blackberries, cassis, cigar box, anise, dark chocolate, graphite, pencil shavings and a touch of oak given wonderful backbone by notes of dark roast coffee, tar and bell pepper. Opaque purple, medium to full bodied, thick legs. Medium+ tannins which integrated with air, medium- well-integrated acidity, a touch of heat on opening. Outstanding complexity, VG+ intensity, off the charts persistence. This wine tumbled out of the bottle big and a bit disjointed with a bit of booziness and unwieldy tannins, but it was immediately clear that this was a case of when, not if, it would be stellar. It took about 2-2.5 hours for this to hit its best stride, at least for my tastes, at which point it became not just a wine of great power, but great beauty and deceptive subtlety. At that point, the wine was so good, I recorked it, although I often leave the bottle open for an hour or two when I’m having a second glass; consistent notes on night 2. Equally stunning on its own and with spicy chicken-basil-feta orzo night 1, deep dish pizza on night 2. Youthful and muscular yet displaying impeccable balance, this wine with the decant is in a great drinking window, probably unlikely to improve, but almost certain to hold here for 8-10+ years if well-stored. This is my second QC—I had a young Palengat with A_M, and I have a young Galitzine in my collection—and it exceeded my high expectations in every way, the best of a strong, growing number of WA wines I’ve had in the past couple of years, and drinking more from WA is right at the top of my wine NY’s resolutions. As I commented with a similarly scored, slightly more expensive ‘08 Ovid, it may be the height of Bay Area upper middle class privilege, but in the premium wine category, this constitutes compelling value. Just a touch more concentration, which is in no way remotely deficient, and this wine would flirt with perfection; instead, it will have to settle for magnificence. I’m a buyer at or around this price for any of the 3 premiere bottlings in good vintages. Pro scores more accurate than those on CT, IMO. 98+

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  • By Owen Bargreen
    Quilceda Creek vertial, 3/28/2020 (link)

    (Quilceda Creek, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, Washington, USA, Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 2009, IWC Issue #147 (link)

    (Quilceda Creek Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

Washington Wine Report

  • By Sean Sullivan
    10/26/2009 (link) ***** points

    (Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley) When initially opened, the nose is locked up pretty tightly but shows black licorice, sweet oak spices, light herbal notes, and powdered chocolate. Big, intense, and gorgeously structured on what feels like a punch to the palate. Intense layers of fruit and tannins almost overwhelm the senses. After decanting for five to eight hours, mocha powder and dried black cherries also emerge. A richly layered wine with intense cherry flavors. Occasionally shows some alcohol. Champoux, Klipsun, and Taptiel vineyards. Aged in 100% new French oak for 22 months. Bottled August 2008; released in April 2009.

  • By Sean Sullivan
    4/19/2009 (link) ***** points

    (Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley) A dark, brilliant wine. A rich nose with cassis, vanilla, chocolate, and fresh ground pepper. A fair amount of alcohol shows at times, perhaps due to the temperature. Surprising amounts of chocolate and an interesting spice component – nutmeg? Light herbal notes also emerge. Dense and rich. Considerably more integrated than the red wine at present. This is a beautiful wine that perfectly combines power and elegance. Will benefit from significant additional bottle time. 97% Cabernet; 3% Merlot. Champoux, Klipsun, and Taptiel Vineyards. 15.2% alcohol. Sampled at 69 degrees.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2006
  • Type Red
  • Producer Quilceda Creek
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region Washington
  • SubRegion Columbia Valley
  • Appellation Columbia Valley
  • UPC Code 126783831943

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 101 (1%)
  • In Cellars 5,139 (57%)
  • Consumed 3,775 (42%)

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and on its own, Anything red, dark meat chicken, game, Ribeye

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