Quilceda Creek Vintners’ Summer Release

  • Galitzine Vinyard
  • Alex and Paul

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)

From Around the Web...
From cookie-filled gift baskets to stunning jewelry, here are 10 gifts for the lady in your life…
Photo by Andrew Fawcett
These select bars offer the chance to sample some of the world’s rarest and oldest liquors…
Photo by Francesco Tonelli
Vintage bottles of Pimm’s and Campari from 1960 and 1970 are a few of the coveted spirits…
For $125, the Durand corkscrew is meant to extract fragile corks from aged bottles…
Photo by Cordero Studios/corderostudios.com
The author of <i>Napa Valley Then & Now</i> recommends her favorite wines that are...
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, offers Gurkha Cigars’ His Majesty’s Reserve for about $55 a puff…
Made from Champagne’s only sanctioned white varietal, this will one-up other New Year’s Champagnes…
Photo by Ralph Dinkel
Davidoff’s newest humidor is a sculptural dome lined with African okoumé wood…
Charles Camille Heidsieck recognized that the best way to sell wine was to sell a lifestyle…
No day of the year necessitates a good old-fashioned dose of “hair of the dog” more than January 1…