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2003 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 750ML
  • WA100
  • WE97
  • ST96
  • WS95

Reviews

WA100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2013
Unlike some minuscule production “cult” wines or luxury cuvees culled from a winery’s primary product that have earned perfect scores over the years Quilceda Creek’s Cabernet Sauvignon... Unlike some minuscule production “cult” wines or luxury cuvees culled from a winery’s primary product that have earned perfect scores over the years Quilceda Creek’s Cabernet Sauvignon is the winery’s raison d’etre and is produced in significant quantities (3400 cases in 2002 3425 in 2003). For accomplishing this feat the Golitzens should be doubly proud. Darker colored and significantly more powerful than the 2002 the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon displays mouth-watering aromatics of black chocolate sage and blackberry liqueur. Its awe-inspiring core of cassis liqueur violets blueberry nectar black cherry syrup and chocolate is immensely muscular yet elegant. Texturally reminiscent of liquid velvet it slathers the palate with oodles of fruit displaying unreal depth balance and length. Wow! Projected maturity: 2010-2024. Congratulations Alex and Paul welcome to the big leagues.
WE97
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, January 2013
Lovely color and aromatics, this supremely powerful yet graceful wine sends up a mix of plum, berry, dust, mint and menthol. It’s spicy and young, and surprisingly light on its feet. The concentration here is... Lovely color and aromatics, this supremely powerful yet graceful wine sends up a mix of plum, berry, dust, mint and menthol. It’s spicy and young, and surprisingly light on its feet. The concentration here is different from a top-tier Napa Cabernet; the fruit has a pleasing elegance. The acids are firm but unobtrusive, the tannins are ripe, smooth but substantial, giving the wine some weight and power. As good as anything this superb producer has ever done.
ST96
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2013
Full ruby-red. Knockout nose combines blackcurrant blueberry smoke tobacco road tar coffee and milk chocolate. Wonderfully ripe and lush but uncompromisingly dry with an exhilarating underlying minerality and superb lift... Full ruby-red. Knockout nose combines blackcurrant blueberry smoke tobacco road tar coffee and milk chocolate. Wonderfully ripe and lush but uncompromisingly dry with an exhilarating underlying minerality and superb lift to its fruit and torrefaction flavors. Full and complete finishing with outstanding breadth and lingering sweetness. Paul Golitzin notes that tannin management at Quilceda Creek is far more sophisticated today than it was in the mid-'90s. 93-96 points
WS95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2013
Richly layered with gorgeous focused currant plum and blackberry fruit shaded with touches of dusky spice and smoky notes from oak but it's almost subliminal to the harmonious seamless fruit character. The wine glides... Richly layered with gorgeous focused currant plum and blackberry fruit shaded with touches of dusky spice and smoky notes from oak but it's almost subliminal to the harmonious seamless fruit character. The wine glides over the palate submerging its tannins to let the flavors soar. Best from 2008 through 2020. 3400 cases made. –HS

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