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Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Washington 1997

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1997 vintage had almost identical heat units as the excellent 1989 vintage. There were no problems with severe winter weather or spring frosts and consequently we received all the grapes that we had planned for. However, because we are continuously striving to improve our wine with every vintage, we declassified 38% of the vintage into a red table wine, even though the quality of the declassified wine was such that we would have used it in previous vintages. This made this Cabernet Sauvignon truly excellent. The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon has an unctuous black raspberry liqueur essence layered with the flavors and aromas of anise, smoke and minerals. This wine is deceiving because it is massively proportioned yet supple, a rare combination which we feel is the true hallmark of a great wine. This wine should cellar well for over 20 years.

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Quilceda Creek Vintners:
Quilceda Creek is dedicated exclusively to the production of world-class Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon. Founded in 1979, Quilceda Creek has had an unbroken string of highly-rated vintages that has led Robert Parker Jr. to name it Washington State’s premier Cabernet Sauvignon producer.

External Reviews for Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Washington

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/19/2013

Ripe in flavor, open in texture, with a real sense of elegance surrounding the juicy currant, mint and sweet spice flavors that echo nicely on the round finish... Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from Washington in USA. 1997 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1500ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/03/2013

Bright medium ruby. Subdued, rather grapey aromas of sweet, sexy French oak, mocha and baking spices. Rich, fat and chewy; broad, concentrated and deep, even if it doesnt have the urgent primary fruit or sweetness of the 98. Finishes with sweet, ev... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from Washington in USA. 1997 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1500ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/18/2010

...a boisterous rosemary and black fruit-scented nose. Big, broad, and chewy, this medium to full-bodied wine is packed with black fruits, spices, and hints of tar. It is masculine, concentrated, and in need of cellaring... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from Washington in USA. 1997 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

The medium to dark ruby-colored 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Champoux Vineyard displays creamy, sweet, Connecticut white corn, and black cherry aromas. Medium to full-bodied and satin-textured, it is an in... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from Washington in USA. 1997 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Champoux Vineyard 750ml



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The 1997 vintage had almost identical heat units as the excellent 1989 vintage. There were no problems with severe winter weather or spring frosts and consequently we received all the grapes that we had planned for. However, because we are continuously striving to improve our wine with every vintage, we declassified 38% of the vintage into a red table wine, even though the quality of the declassified wine was such that we would have used it in previous vintages. This made this Cabernet Sauvignon truly excellent. The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon has an unctuous black raspberry liqueur essence layered with the flavors and aromas of anise, smoke and minerals. This wine is deceiving because it is massively proportioned yet supple, a rare combination which we feel is the true hallmark of a great wine. This wine should cellar well for over 20 years.

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