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Quilceda Creek Vintners’ Summer Release

Doug Campau

Washington State’s renowned Quilceda Creek Vintners continues its tradition of turning out world-class wines with the planned summer release of three Cabernet Sauvignon–dominated reds of the 2008 vintage. This comes on the heels of the family-owned winery being awarded its fourth perfect 100-point score from Wine Advocate in its last six vintages, this time for its 2007 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The first wine of the summer 2011 release is made from handpicked grapes from Quilceda Creek’s Galitzine Vineyard, in the Red Mountain AVA, and consists of a blend of 99 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 1 percent Merlot. The second wine is a blend, in descending order of proportion, of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, grown in the winery’s Palengat Vineyard, in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. The third is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec, grown in the Columbia Valley AVA. Washington, with a terroir incorporating alkaline, sandy loam soils of postglacial and volcanic materials, is generally known for reds of complex, lushly textured, fruit-forward flavors. As for the 2008 vintage, Quilceda Creek’s celebrated father-son winemaking team of Alex and Paul Golitzin believes it promises “extraordinary wine.” The growing season was characterized by favorable weather, including a warm and dry September that allowed for even ripening of the fruit. These wines will be available through a private mailing list.  (360.568.2389, www.quilcedacreek.com)

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